I have known many students at SCAPA and I assure you they were admitted on their skill. There have been many applicants that were moderately talented, but came from wealth, influential families and were not admitted. It is comforting to blame one's rejection on factors other than one's skill and believe that those of privilege have an advantage. That IS NOT the case for SCAPA. Anyone who honestly evaluates the application process and looks at the resumes of those that are accepted will see this is accurate.