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Another College Admissions Scandal-This Time From Yale

An investigation from the Justice Department has found Yale University in violation of federal civil rights law for illegally discriminating against Asian American and White American applicants. Yale has denied the allegations.

Several complaints from students about some Ivy League colleges (Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth) prompted the Trump Administration to investigate with the goal of rooting out discrimination during the admissions process.

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After the two year investigation, the Justice Department has concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and White American applicants each year based on race, whom it otherwise would admit.”

They found that Yale has been discriminating against undergraduate applicants based on national origin and race. The report said that with comparable academic credentials Asian Americans and White Americans have only 1/10 to 1/4 of the likelihood of admission to an African American. It also said that Yale “racially balances” their classes.

In a letter to the college’s attorneys, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said, “Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants.”

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, photo from

A Supreme Court ruling determined that universities may consider race in admission decisions, but that it can only be done “narrowly” to promote diversity and that the school must show why their consideration of race is appropriate.

Yale issued the following statement:

“Given our commitment to complying with federal law, we are dismayed that the DOJ has made its determination before allowing Yale to provide all the information the Department has requested thus far. Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yales practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent.”

They also said, “We are proud of Yale’s admission practices, and we will not change them on the basis of a meritless, hasty accusation.”

The Justice Department says that Yale must immediately stop using race and national origin as a factor in acceptance. Yale must submit a plan that shows they are in accordance with the law if they want to continue to weigh race and national origin in the admissions process.

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