Crimson staff writer
Rahem D. Hamid
Affirmative action has narrowly survived several Supreme Court scares before. But now, experts say the court — made up of six conservative and three liberal justices — is likely to overturn four decades of precedent allowing schools to consider race in their admissions processes. It remains less clear what might come next.
More than 80 Republican lawmakers filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Monday supporting anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions’ lawsuit against Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
As acceptance rates to the country’s most selective universities fall to all-time lows each year, more and more elite schools have stopped promoting key admissions data, including acceptance numbers and demographic breakdowns.
SFFA Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Precedents Upholding Affirmative Action in Filing for Harvard, UNC Cases
The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions asked the United States Supreme Court to ban affirmative action in American higher education by overturning precedents that allow universities to consider race as a factor in admissions in a brief filed with the court Monday.
Prospective freshmen clad in Harvard merch and red lanyards swarmed campus this weekend for the College’s first in-person Visitas since 2019.
After welcoming the past two undergraduate classes to Harvard virtually, the College will greet admitted students in the Class of 2026 during the first in-person Visitas weekend since 2019.
Students admitted to the Class of 2026 expressed shock, excitement, and disbelief upon receiving their Harvard acceptances.
Over 50 years William F. Lee ’72 and Seth P. Waxman ’73, Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices are in jeopardy as a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants heads to the Supreme Court in the fall. The court agreed to hear the case filed against Harvard by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions alongside a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina.
Harvard College accepted 3.19 percent of applicants to its Class of 2026 — the lowest rate in the school’s history — as it saw a record high number of candidates apply for the second straight year.