French civil servants and students carry labor union flags and banners as they march in protest during a national day of strikes by public sector workers, in Paris, France, May 22

Changes to French public university admissions leaves more than 150,000 without a spot this fall

In France, the dropout rate at public universities is high — only 40 percent make it past the first year. That’s one reason the French government is overhauling its rules on higher education, but some say the changes “break the way universities work.”

Young man at podium in press conference with signs behind him

This college freshman is worried about affirmative action — but not that it will keep him out of Harvard

Admitted MIT students pose with the school's mascot during a weekend of activities at the university.

How much should ‘elite’ matter when deciding where to go to college?