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A Princeton student has filed a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights charging that Princeton maintains a 14 per cent quota for the admission of Jewish applicants.

Arthur B. Cooper, a sophomore, said Sunday that "without the quota there would be between 40 and 50 per cent Jewish students here."

Timothy C. Callard, Princeton's director of admissions, said yesterday. "Religion isn't considered at all in admissions, and I have no idea what he bases his data on."

Solitary Complaint

"One individual student has taken it upon himself to embark on a crusade to prove there is discrimination against Jewish male applicants. No other undergraduates have joined him, and the few letters to the Princetonian on the issue have been opposed to him," Callard said.

Cooper is running notices in the Crimson and the Yale Daily News in an effort to find students who feel they were discriminated against by Princeton. He said Sunday that he had received no responses.

Cooper said he had researched the admissions problem in the Princeton archives but refused to discuss other sources "until after the public hearing." According to Cooper, the 14 per cent quota hasn't changed since 1947.

John P. Reardon '60, director of Harvard admissions, said Sunday, "we pay absolutely no attention to anything of that sort (religion). We just don't have any quotas."

The Harvard Hillel Society said yesterday that 25 per cent of Harvard undergraduates are Jewish.

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