Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

For many years, we’ve stood atop our soapbox in college admissions and made it known that our nation’s highly selective universities unjustly discriminate against Asian American applicants. It has been our long and deeply held belief that admissions officers at these universities, with their implicit biases, hold Asian American applicants … 

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UNC Defends Affirmative Action

The baton has been passed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC marks the latest school asked to defend its consideration of race in the admissions process. In a trial that will take place over these next two weeks before U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs in … 

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A Victory for Diversity in Admissions

Today’s historic election of President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris marks a victory for colleges and universities across this land. It marks a victory for the building blocks of the holistic college admissions process — and a victory for so many students and parents navigating its churning … 

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Affirmative Action Measure Fails in California

Affirmative Action was on the ballot this Election Day in the state of California. The measure, Proposition 16, proposed to repeal a constitutional provision that outlawed California’s government to discriminate against — or offer preferential treatment to — people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, or sex. Affirmative Action … 

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The White Male in Admissions

Are white male students discriminated against in the highly selective college admissions process? Don’t be ridiculous! Just about every day, we receive an email from a parent — who is not our client — in which he or she writes how they’re seeking help for their “white male” child. And … 

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California’s Ban on Affirmative Action

There is perhaps no topic that we cover on our college admissions blog that engenders more passionate reactions than Affirmative Action. In our experience, the folks who tend to fill up the Comments section beneath our posts on Affirmative Action are against the consideration of race in the admissions process. … 

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Harvard Does Not Use Racial Quotas

In the coming weeks, we’re going to be highlighting some portions of the decision reached in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case as Judge Allison Burroughs’ 130-page decision abounds in interesting conclusions — and, frankly, fodder about the highly selective college admissions process. Today, we wanted to … 

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Harvard Wins

In a seminal decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, Harvard University has been declared victorious. Today, a federal judge declared Harvard’s undergraduate admissions policies to be constitutional, thereby effectively denying plaintiff’s challenge that the school discriminates against Asian American applicants in its admissions process. The … 

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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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Money and Affirmative Action

There’s a scene in Billy Madison in which Adam Sandler’s character — after a long, meandering speech — is told by a man who really should be moderating political debates, “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your … 

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