March 18, 2012
In Brazil, a Liberal-Arts Experiment Brings Diversity to One Campus
Lalo de Almeida for The Chronicle
The entrance examination at the State University of Campinas is one of the toughest in Brazil, and opportunities here are so coveted that some programs have more applicants per place than Harvard.
Raryane Valeria was so sure she wouldn't pass that she never even tried. Caroline Mello tried and failed.
And yet today they, and more than 200 other graduates of this city's troubled public high schools, are sitting down to class at the university, known as Unicamp. They are