Harvard Has Largest Nonwhite Incoming Class Ever

For the very first time in Harvard University’s 380-year legacy as a premiere institution for higher learning, the majority of its incoming class is nonwhite.

The Boston Globe reports that 50.8 percent of the incoming freshmen class are minorities, an increase from last year’s 47.3 percent. Of all the students now admitted to Harvard University, 22.2 percent are Asians, 14.6 percent are African American, 11.6 percent are Latino and 2.5 percent are Native American or Pacific Islander.

Harvard’s breakthrough occurred soon after the New York Times report of an internal document that was obtained that states the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division’s agenda to investigate universities and colleges for affirmative action admission policies that supposedly discriminate towards white applicants.

TIME reports that Sarah Isgur Flores, spokeswoman, stated, “The posting sought volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015 that the prior administration left unresolved.”

The complaint in question alleged Harvard University and other Ivy League institutions of discrimination towards Asian-American students during the admissions process.

Harvard disputed the claims and contended its admission methods this Wednesday. Rachael Dane, Harvard spokesperson, told Globe that the university “remains committed to enrolling diverse classes of students.”

“Harvard’s admissions process considers each applicant as a whole person, and we review many factors, consistent with the legal standards established by the U.S. Supreme Court,” she continued.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor

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