In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, alumni and student frustration with decades of poor representation boiled over — and Brabrand took action to reform the admissions process. He eliminated a $100 application fee, nixed a rigorous admissions test and directed TJ’s admissions officers to consider applicants’ “experience factors,” such as socioeconomic status, during the admissions process. The changes, the latest in a long line of reform attempts, led to the most diverse admitted freshman class in the school’s recent history. That group, the Class of 2025, will start at TJ in the fall.
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