We’ll See You In Court!

October 19, 2018

What do you think a college considers when deciding whether or not to admit a student? Grades? Probably. Test scores? Sure. Extracurricular activities, interests, and hobbies? Likely. But what about race and ethnicity? They might seem like odd considerations, and it’s something that’s gotten Harvard University into a lot of legal trouble.

By Carrie (Lowell House) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
This week, an organization called “Students for Fair Admissions” took Harvard University to court, claiming that the university discriminates against Asian American applicants by ranking them lower on intangible trait scores such as leadership and kindness. Although Harvard denies any racial bias and says that twenty-three percent of this year’s incoming class was of Asian descent, Students for Fair Admissions think they have a strong case against the prestigious school with the US Justice Department backing them up. Was Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? We’ll have to wait and see what the judge decides.

What do you think a college should consider when looking at a student’s application?