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Natasha Warikoo

Education

You’ll Need More Than Perfect Grades To Get Into America’s Top Universities

“We should discard the notion that admissions is a meritocratic process that selects the 'best' 18-year-olds who apply to a selective university.”

After weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its admissions files.

The department is reopening a complaint by 63 Asian-American groups that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The complaint was previously dismissed under the Obama administration. Many worry that government lawyers plan to use the case to argue that all race-conscious admissions – including affirmative action – are a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

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