Sarah Graves, Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET March 14, 2019

Many parents have bought into the idea that an elite college is a golden ticket to success. But research offers lots of reasons why they should chill.

On the surface, the college admissions scandal might seem like yet another story of America’s wealthy elites using their power and influence in ways the average person cannot. But it also has captured the zeitgeist of the entire college admissions process — for everyone.

Not everyone, of course, is as rich and famous as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who were among the 50 admissions officials, coaches and affluent parents charged by federal prosecutors this week in the nation’s largest-ever  . The parents are accused of participating in a number of conspiratorial activities aimed