As the Supreme Court of the United States prepares to challenge the practice of Affirmative Action at Harvard University on the basis that it discriminates against Asian American applicants, it would be wise to examine the case for admission of Thang Diep, a Vietnamese American who earned admission to Harvard’s Class of 2019. As we’ve long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog and in the press, Asian American applicants do indeed face discrimination in highly selective college admissions. But the battle cry of the groups that have mounted legal challenges to various universities — like Harvard — is largely that Asian American applicants have better grades and better scores in many instances…and yet are denied admission. That is the wrong battle cry. Schools like Harvard have holistic college admissions processes where it’s not just about grades and scores. Schools like Harvard take pride in denying students with perfect or near-perfect grades and scores if the rest of their applications aren’t all that impressive. It’s why the story of Thang Diep, as told in a piece in “Asia Times” serves as a firm rebuke to these organizations’ claims.
Portrait of an Asian American Harvard Admit
A Rebuke to Litigants Challenging Affirmative Action
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