Harvard’s Recruitment of African American Applicants

Yesterday, we wrote about how all of our nation’s elite colleges market to students who don’t have a shot of earning admission (in addition to marketing to students who do have a shot of earning admission). And why? To increase their applications, to invariably lower their admission rates, and to … 

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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 Doesn’t Use Quotas

When folks suggest that highly selective colleges use quotas nowadays, that they limit the number of certain groups of students, we will forcefully shake our heads. Because no highly selective university in America in this 21st century applies quotas in the admissions process based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. … 

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A Harvard Administrator’s Profile in Courage

We recently wrote about how Judge Allison Burroughs, in her ruling in favor of Harvard in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University case, recommended that Harvard’s admissions officers receive implicit bias training so they can avoid discriminating against groups like Asian American applicants. As Judge Burroughs wrote, “Notwithstanding … 

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White Privilege at Harvard

Between the 2014 and 2019 college admissions cycles, 43% of white students admitted to Harvard University were either legacies, recruited athletes, development cases (as noted on the Dean’s Interest List), and/or the children of Harvard faculty/staff. It’s a statistic that isn’t the least bit surprising to us or likely to … 

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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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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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Colleges Discriminate Based on Profiles

We have long argued on the pages of our college admissions blog and in the press that Asian Americans face unjust discrimination in the college admissions process. And we have been standing for years atop our soapbox in college admissions calling for change, calling for an end to Asian American … 

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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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It Was No Harder to Get Into Harvard in 2019 Than It Was in 2018

There are lots of misconceptions about the highly selective college admissions process floating out there in the universe. A core objective of this college admissions blog is to debunk those misconceptions. One such misconception goes like this: It gets harder and harder to get into elite colleges each year. Suggesting … 

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