After the Harvard Ruling

Recently, a federal judge ruled that Harvard’s admissions process passes constitutional muster. But that same judge, in her decision, made clear that just because it passes constitutional muster doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement — particularly with respect to addressing discrimination against Asian American applicants. In a piece today … 

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Harvard Does Not Intentionally Discriminate

One of the counts in which Harvard University was charged in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case was whether or not the school intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants. While we have long been outspoken that Harvard, along with all highly selective colleges across America, discriminates against … 

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Student’s Rescinded Admission Has Nothing To Do With Conservatism

A core objective of our college admissions blog is to correct misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process — misconceptions perpetuated by the press, by school counselors, by private college counselors, and by the local bodega clerk. In a piece in National Review by Jamil Jivani entitled “How to … 

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The Merits of Affirmative Action

We came across a terrific editorial on the pages of The Harvard Crimson authored by the paper’s Editorial Board that we figured we’d share with our readers. The piece, entitled “What Admission to Harvard Really Means,” shines a light on Harvard’s leading role in ushering in an era of diversity … 

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Harvard Class of 2023 Regular Decision Admissions Statistics

Harvard University sent out decisions this evening to applicants to its Class of 2023 for the Regular Decision round. The overall admit rate for Harvard’s Class of 2023 landed at 4.5%. This marks the lowest overall admit rate in the university’s storied history. The same figure stood at 4.6% for … 

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Transgender Harvard Applicant Alleges Discrimination

Harvard University just can’t seem to catch a break these days. The university finds itself on defense again as an an applicant to Harvard Business School and its Graduate School of Education has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts alleging the university discriminated against her in its admissions … 

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Harvard’s Admissions Officers Aren’t Bad People

We’re all a little bit racist. That’s right. We are all a little bit racist. Even you. We all operate with heuristics, mental roadmaps for how to process information quickly and efficiently. If you’re in a dark alley in a bad neighborhood and someone approaches you at a fast pace, … 

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The Fate of Harvard’s Admissions Practices

Will Harvard University be ordered to change its admissions practices? Will a victory for Students For Fair Admissions lead to a case before the United States Supreme Court in which the consideration of race in college admissions decision-making stands trial? Or will Harvard University soundly defeat SFFA and thereby have … 

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Why the Harvard Admissions Case Isn’t About Asian Americans

When one thinks of the African American civil rights movement, leaders like the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, and Rosa Parks may come to mind. When one thinks of the gay rights movement, Harvey Milk may come to mind. But when one thinks of the Asian American … 

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Harvard Values Humor and Grit

Does Harvard University value a good sense of humor? You bet the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school appreciates a candidate who knows how to laugh and inspires others to laugh, too. And you bet the school appreciates a candidate with resolve and strength of character. Heck, it’s not like we haven’t written … 

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