Race and College Admissions

Ms. Abigail Fisher believes she was denied admission from her dream college due to priority given to applicants of a racial minority. Her claim will now be evaluated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on 10/9/2012

When Abigail Fisher was denied admission to The University of Texas at Austin four years ago, she sued the university because she believed that she was scammed out of a spot by affirmative action programs. According to the New York Times:

Admissions officers at colleges and universities almost universally endorse the idea that students from diverse backgrounds learn from each other, overcome stereotypes, and in so doing prepare themselves for leadership positions in society. Many critics of affirmative action say that there is at best a weak correlation between race and having a range of views presented in the classroom.

Ms. Fisher believes that colleges should "completely take race out of the issue in terms of admissions and that everyone will be able to get into any school that they want no matter what race they are but solely based on their merit and if they work hard for it."

When the Supreme Court will hear arguments is currently unknown. To read the full article, visit The New York Times website.

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