College Students Navigate Admissions Post-Affirmative Strikedown

( – College students are experiencing a new landscape when it comes to admissions after the strike down of the use of affirmative action in the college admission process.

The court held a vote for Harvard University and the University of North Carolina’s admissions programs that said they violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The universities accounted for the student’s race at multiple different points in the process.

David Jiang is part of the first high school graduating class applying to colleges after the affirmative strikedown, and he spoke on his thoughts of applying to Harvard after the decision. Although admissions officers cannot consider race on applications, students still share that information through their essays.

Jiang said, “If a school does not want to admit me because I’m Asian American, then there’s not much I can do about that, because it’s the part of me that I just can’t get rid of.”

Adam Mortara, the lead counsel who helped strike down affirmative action said that schools such as Harvard were unfair by holding Asian American applications to a higher standard than others.

Speaking on the bias in applying for colleges, Jiang also said, “I think that there’s still this preconceived notion that Asians are so-and-so, and I feel like I did have to prove that I’m not the stereotypical Asian.”

Harvard has denied having any bias or discrimination towards applicants. They put out a statement saying that they have “taken several steps to arrive in compliance with the ruling from the Supreme Court. These changes have been made across our recruitment, application, and admissions practices.”

A rising senior at Harvard, Clyve Lawrence, expressed concerns with these new admissions practices, saying, “There is this real threat of the proportion of Black students at Harvard decreasing over the years.”

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