Harvard Trial Day 4: Admissions Rates For Asian-American Applicants Lowest Among Any Other Racial Group


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Asian-American applicants to Harvard University had the lowest admissions rate compared to any other racial group between 1995 and 2013, according to court files released Thursday.

The average admissions rate for Asian-American applicants was 8.1 percent, according to The Harvard Crimson Friday. Black applicants had a 13.2 percent acceptance rate, white applicants were admitted at 11.1 percent and Hispanic applicants had an admissions rate of 10.6 percent.

Court files also showed the school saw a 63 percent increase in white applicants, 94 percent increase in Asian-American applicants, 208 percent increase in Hispanic-American applicants and a 257 percent increase in applications from black students from 1994 to 2014. (RELATED: Here Is What Harvard Looks For In Future Students)

“As such, we are also committed to admitting and enrolling first-generation students each year whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college or university,” a Harvard official told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. “To date, a record 16.6 percent of matriculated students in the class of 2022 come from first-generation college backgrounds, compared with 14.9 percent last year.”

Harvard is on trial in a Boston federal court for accusations of racial discrimination against Asian-American students during the admissions process. The lawsuit was filed by Students for Fair Admissions, a group opposed to race-based admissions in higher education, in 2014. The trial is said to last three weeks.

Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons has testified in court since the first day of trials on Monday.

A handbook that provided guidance to admissions officers on how to score applicants was revealed on Wednesday. One of the findings included that applicants who had recommendations with phrases like “the best ever” had high scores that affect school support categories and personality.

Fitzsimmons said Tuesday that Asian-American applicants had weaker recommendations than white applicants.

Early admits to the school were accepted at a 14.5 percent rate while regular admits were accepted at 4.59 percent for the class of 2022.

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