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How Race Factors Into College Admissions

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

In the US Admissions Process, Race and Ethnicity are Considered by Selective Colleges

Many families may have some idea of how admissions offices evaluate applicants, but in the US, universities use the “holistic review” process, meaning admissions officers place emphasis on the applicant as a whole person, not just his or her academic achievements.

In holistic review, admissions officers look at “hard factors” (quantitative data) and “soft factors” (qualitative data) in order to gain a full picture of applicants.  Things like:

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Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Fisher v. UT-Austin

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

Ruling expected any day now, Could dramatically  affect the admissions landscape as we know it

This week the Supreme Court is expected to rule on Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin, a case about affirmative action in college admissions that could change the way students are evaluated in the admissions process.

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Affirmative Action in College Admissions

By Sarah Shanahan on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Let’s Hear it For the Boys

The US Department of Education reported that for Fall 2010 admission, women, on average, accounted for 56% of applicants to four-year colleges. That same year, the New York Times stated that for every 100 American women enrolled in college, there were only 77 men. Meanwhile, the National Center for Education Statistics projects that by 2020, men will represent only 41.4% of students enrolled in college. With colleges becoming increasingly concerned about gender balance on campus, has this really led to preferential treatment for men in college admissions?

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