Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action: How Admissions Processes Might Change Going Forward

Published August 2023

In June 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that race-based affirmative action, defined in this case as the policy of favoring individuals of under-represented backgrounds who have been subject to discrimination and/or lack of opportunity, as no longer legal in the arena of admissions to universities and graduate programs, except for when applying to military colleges.

This is a very big change based on decades of US higher education practicing affirmative action in choosing whom to accept. What do I anticipate regarding changes to application processes going forward for US colleges and graduate schools?

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