Paul L. CaronDean
Monday, May 5, 2014
By Paul Caron
Washington Post, Wal-Mart Has a Lower Acceptance Rate Than Harvard:
This year's Ivy League admissions totals are in. The 8.9 percent acceptance rate is impressively exclusive, but compared to landing a job at Wal-Mart, getting into the Ivy Leagues is a cakewalk.
Last year when Wal-Mart came to D.C. there were over 23,000 applications for 600 jobs. That's an acceptance rate of 2.6%, twice as selective as Harvard's and over five times as choosy as Cornell.
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This is very sad. The economy is terrible for so many people.
Posted by: Jojo | May 5, 2014 3:54:52 AM
Yeah. All those lazy, welfare types from D.C. who are just sitting around collecting extended unemployment. Eliminate the minimum wage, cut food stamps, and don't extend unemployment. That'll teach 'em.
Posted by: Publius Novus | May 5, 2014 6:40:40 AM
These people are invisible to upper class society. Yet they are such a large segment of our population.
Posted by: JM | May 5, 2014 6:47:32 AM
All those WalMart applicants should just borrow money to attend law school. That works out well for everyone everywhere all the time.
- S. Mimkovic
Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | May 5, 2014 8:01:47 AM
Lets push Obamacare so we can have even fewer jobs
Posted by: ellens | May 5, 2014 11:38:01 AM
This is actually great news, as we all know that Wal-Mart would be taking happy people, liberated from their jobless freedom, writing poetry or painting pictures as Nancy Pelosi has illustrated, and forced them into labor.
Posted by: Lippman's Ghost | May 5, 2014 12:21:32 PM
The truly sad thing is that a lot of Ivy League grads couldn't cut it at Wal-Mart. Can you imagine Obama having to ever work a job where he his continued employment depends on the results he gets rather than how much "free" stuff he can give away?
Posted by: Thatch | May 5, 2014 12:29:00 PM
I wonder if snobby New England parents will now put "Wal-Mart" stickers on the back windows of their luxury sedans?
Posted by: andy | May 5, 2014 4:53:50 PM
I see Thatch has never shopped at Wal-Mart if (s)he thinks their employees are getting results. The worst customer service can be found at Wal-Mart.
Posted by: Daniel | May 6, 2014 5:19:30 AM
Let's not get too crazy. People know just how selective Harvard and other elite universities are, and it costs $ just to apply, so people who know they are very unlikely to get accepted don't even apply. My guess is that alone would account for the peculiar numbers.
Posted by: John Biddle | May 6, 2014 7:33:09 AM
@Unemployed Northeastern. Actually, rather than borrowing money to go to law school, the unemployed should borrow money from their parents and start businesses.
Posted by: Publius Novus | May 6, 2014 8:23:54 AM
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