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