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How college admissions have changed over the past 75 years

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How college admissions have changed over the past 75 years

The Gothic campus of the University of Chicago

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1944: GI Bill supports higher education access for veterans

President Franklin Roosevelt signing the GI Bill of Rights

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1950s: Colleges begin using early admission

The exterior of a college admissions building

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1958: National Defense Education Act creates federal scholarships to increase STEM research

US President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the National Defense Education Acth

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1959: The American College Testing Program is created

ACT prep books

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1964: Civil Rights Act bans racial and gender-based discrimination against college applicants

Lyndon Johnson signing the1964 Civil Rights Act

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1965: Higher Education Act provides additional financial aid opportunities

A staffer for Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., distributing name plates on the table in preparation for the joint conference committee meeting on the 1965: Higher Education Act

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1972: Title IX is implemented to stem gender-based discrimination

Protesters raising signs in support of Title IX

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1975: The Common App is created

Man completing a college application

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1992: The FAFSA is created

A FAFSA application

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Present: Schools begin to eliminate SAT/ACT as entry requirements

Students congregate by the fountains outside of the University of California, Long Beach.

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