As the map below shows, 41 percent of students admitted to Seoul National University for the 2010 school year come from just three areas of Seoul which all happen to be right next to one another – Gangnam, Seocho, and Songpa. The figure for the 2009 school year was 41.3 percent. Other areas of Seoul account for further signficant percentages, leaving the city’s students substantially overrepresented in the SNU student body. Also, of the 713 admits for 2010, 159 came from six foreign language high schools, 144 from three science high schools, and 161 from arts high schools.

I think the geographic disparity should be worrying in light of how thoroughly SNU and the other two top universities dominate the Korean legal system.