Harvard Spared by the Feds – But Look Behind the Crimson Curtain

Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

Despite accepting Asian American candidates at a lower rate than other applicants*, Harvard was spared this afternoon as a federal judge ruled the university does not discriminate against Asian Americans in admissions decisions. The litigation provided a glimpse behind the Crimson Curtain: admissions officers begrudgingly had to reveal that you have a better shot of getting accepted if you

  1. wear a helmet – 83% of identified student-athletes received offers of admissions
  2. bleed crimson – legacies still have a big edge
  3. donate a building– bidding often started at $1,000,000.

That said, the landscape may be changing: healthy public skepticism and scrutiny following the Varsity Blues scandal may even out the playing field somewhat. Additionally, the lawsuit revealed that contemporary candidates received a “tip” in admissions for being introverts (to temper all the extroverts) or classicists (to balance out all the engineers).

*Admit rates from 1995-2013: White 11.1%, African-American 13.2%, Hispanic-American 10.6&, ASIAN-AMERICAN 8.1%

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Don brings over 30 years’ experience as a passionate educator to his work overseeing McMillan Education’s leadership team and the counselors working in traditional and international school and college planning. In close collaboration with his leadership team, Don enjoys staying out ahead of admission trends and continually enhancing the best...