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University of Minnesota drops affirmative action for race and legacy admissions after SCOTUS ruling

The University of Minnesota says it will no longer consider race or family legacy for admissions after the U.S. Supreme Court declared affirmative action unconstitutional.

An update to the university’s “holistic review” page notes the school no longer considers race and ethnicity or family attendance or employment as “context factors” for admissions

“The application will ask for this optional information for recruitment and communication purposes about programs and services offered,” the university says. “The information will not be provided to application reviewers and will not be considered at any point during the University of Minnesota admissions decision process.” 

The change comes after the Supreme Court rejected the use of race as a factor in college admissions in June. 

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Abortion rights demonstrators gather near the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Abortion rights demonstrators gather near the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on June 24, 2022. (Nikolas Liepins/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“Many universities have for too long done just the oppo­site. And in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice,” the opinion states.

The decision forces colleges and universities around the nation to scrap admissions policies designed to bolster campus diversity by giving preference in admissions to certain ethnic or racial minority applicants. It has also put pressure on the nation’s top schools to reconsider legacy admissions – the practice of accepting an applicant based on their family’s ties to the institution – which activists have claimed unfairly discriminate against Black applicants and other disadvantaged groups. 

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The school will also consider an applicant’s “contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, or geographic diversity of the student body,” a potential end-run around the Supreme Court’s ruling. 

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom, Brianna Herlihy, Bill Mears, Shannon Bream and Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

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