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Asian-American Harvard Applicants Saw Lowest Admit Rate of Any Racial Group From 1995 to 2013, Court Filings Show

Over a nearly two-decade period starting in 1995, Asian-American applicants to Harvard saw the lowest acceptance rate of any racial group that applied to the school, according to data presented in the Harvard admissions trial Thursday.

Legacy Files
Scrutiny

Legacy Files

Affirmative Action Trial
Race

Affirmative Action Trial

The University's General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano '83 exits the courthouse on the third day of the Harvard admissions trial.

Affirmative Action Trial
Race

Affirmative Action Trial

Students for Fair Admissions President Edward Blum checks his phone outside the courthouse on the third day of the Harvard admissions trial.

Affirmative Action Trial
Central Administration

In Admissions, Harvard Favors Those Who Fund It, Internal Emails Show

In one 2013 email headlined “My Hero,” former Kennedy School Dean Ellwood thanked Harvard's dean of admissions for his help accepting a set of students with very particular qualifications. "[Redacted] and [redacted] are all big wins. [Redacted] has already committed to a building.”

Edward Blum
Admissions

Edward Blum

Legal strategist Edward Blum is the head of Students for Fair Admissions, the organization who originally brought the lawsuit against Harvard in 2014.

Seth P. Waxman
Admissions

Seth P. Waxman

Former Solicitor General and Harvard Overseer Seth P. Waxman ’73 brings extensive litigation experience to the lawsuit between Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions — Waxman has argued over 65 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

William F. Lee
Admissions

William F. Lee

William F. Lee ’72, who is leading the legal team defending the University against allegations of racial discrimination, enters the courthouse on day one of the Harvard admissions trial.

Edward Blum
Admissions

Harvard, Students for Fair Admissions Do Battle Over Discrimination on Day One of Trial

The opening day of the highly anticipated Harvard admissions trial drew hordes of spectators and reporters — enough people to fill two courtrooms and a jury assembly room.

Pro-SFFA Rally Three
Politics

Hundreds Gather for Dueling Rallies Ahead of Trial Challenging Harvard Admissions: Live Updates

The day before a lawsuit challenging Harvard's admissions practices goes to trial, demonstrators took to the streets in Cambridge and Boston to hold two dueling rallies — one pro-Harvard and one pro-SFFA, the group suing the University.

William F. Lee ’72
Admissions

Meet the Lawyers Defending Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Policies

Meet the lawyers who will help Harvard defend against allegations it discriminates against Asian-Americans in its admissions process.

UC Leadership
Undergraduate Council

UC Defends Affirmative Action, Calls for Changes to Admissions Process

The vote comes the day before the University faces off in court against advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions in a case that could decide the fate of affirmative action in the United States.

Felicia H. Ellsworth
Admissions

Felicia H. Ellsworth

Like Waxman, WilmerHale partner Felicia H. Ellsworth has worked on several high-profile Supreme Court cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges.

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