Statistics from the 2018 America’s Best Colleges
by U.S. News & World Report for 2016-17 freshman class.
|School||% accepted||total applicants||number accepted||% Asian-Am. in student body|
Dropped from 30% in 1993 to 14% in 2018. Stop donating.
|U. of Chicago||7.937||31,484||2,499||18|
|U.S. Naval Academy||7.95||17,043||1,355||7|
|U. of Pennsylvania||9.440||38,918||3,674||21|
|U.S. Military Academy||9.66||14,829||1,433||6|
|Cooper Union||No info||No info||No info||No info|
4/10/18 CNN: “Race case against Harvard moves forward”
4/8/18 Harvard Crimson: “DOJ Calls for Unsealing of Harvard Admissions Data”
4/6/18 The College Fix: “Admissions records show Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans for decades: lawsuit”
4/4/18 New York Times: “Asian-Americans Suing Harvard Say Admissions Files Show Discrimination”
3/29/18 Harvard Crimson: “Record-Low 4.59 Percent of Applicants Accepted to Harvard Class of 2022”
The percentage of minority admits rose across racial groups relative to last year’s levels. A record 15.5 percent of admitted students are African American, up from last year’s 14.6 percent. Latino admits increased to 12.2 percent from last year’s 11.6 percent. Native American admits grew marginally this year to 2 percent, up from last year’s 1.9 percent. Asian American admits went up to a record 22.7 percent, compared to last year’s 22.2 percent.
These demographic shifts come amid a pending lawsuit that alleges Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies illegally discriminate against Asian-American applicants. The United States Department of Justice is currently investigating Harvard for similar allegations.
3/10/18 CNN: “Suit accusing Harvard of capping Asian-American admissions could be tried this summer”
2/15/18 Business Insider: “Asian-American groups are saying affirmative action hurts their chances to get into Ivy League schools”
1/23/18 Sacramento Bee: “The next battle over affirmative action is about discrimination against Asian Americans”
1/21/18 Wall Street Journal: “Colorblindness Succeeds in California”
By David A. Lehrer
In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 209, an amendment to the California Constitution: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.” Because of Proposition 209, California’s public universities have used colorblind admissions for two decades, although they actively consider applicants’ socioeconomic status.
The results have been a stunning success. Last year the Equality of Opportunity Project conducted a nationwide longitudinal study to find which colleges were doing the most to help poor students succeed. Of the top 10 ranked, five were California public schools. Among America’s elite colleges, the University of California, Los Angeles, enrolled the highest share of low- and middle-income students (19%). In the University of California system, 43% of the freshman class admitted in 2016 were the first in their families to attend college, and 37% had family incomes under $47,200 a year.
This colorblind admission system nonetheless produces college classrooms that are a fairly accurate cross-section of California’s racial and ethnic diversity. In 2017 admitted freshmen throughout the UC system were 34% Asian, 33% Latino, 24% white and 5% African-American. In the Cal State system, the figures were 47% Latino, 20% white, 16% Asian and Filipino, and 4% African-American.
For comparison, California’s high-school seniors are 52% Latino, 24% white, 11% Asian and Filipino, and 6% African-American. And of course not all seniors qualify for admission to a university, let alone the UC system.
These figures for minority admissions in the UC schools exceed many of the targets they had set before Proposition 209. Since 1996, Latinos as a share of enrollment have grown from 14% to 33%, Asians from 28% to 34%, and African-Americans from 4% to 5%. Whites have declined from 41% to 24%.
This diversity has been achieved while maintaining the quality of California’s public universities. The latest college rankings from U.S. News & World Report list UCLA and UC Berkeley as tied for the top public school in the country. Four other UCs (Santa Barbara, Irvine, San Diego and Davis) are among the top dozen.
Today’s colorblind system is working well for all Californians—rich and poor, minority and white—and is a model for the rest of the country.
Mr. Lehrer is president of Community Advocates Inc., a civil-rights organization in Los Angeles.
1/9/18 South China Morning Post: “Asian-American frat boys get jail sentences for hazing death of student Michael Chun Deng”
11/5/17 Asia Times: “‘Diversity’ hides racial balancing: Asian American students”
11/1/17 Capital Research: “Affirmative Action Targets Asian Americans”
10/26/17 Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “Asian American Students Still Struggling With Burden of Expectations”