Report: Harvard Recruiters Often Gave Low ‘Personal Ratings’ to Asian Applicants They Hadn’t Met

Both sides say data on their side in Harvard admissions suit
The Associated Press

A report from the New York Times revealed that Harvard University often gave low personal rating to Asian applicants that they had never met.

A new report into potential discrimination against Asian-Americans at Harvard University revealed that Asian-American faced lower personal ratings than any other ethnic group. The strangest part? Many of the Asian applicants who received a poor personal rating had never even met with a representative from Harvard’s admissions office.

The university claims that the personal rating is often determined by things other than in-person meetings. The office claims that they use personal essays and letters of recommendation to establish the personal rating.

The Students for Fair Admissions, the advocacy group behind the discrimination complaint against Harvard University, claims that the report reveals that the Ivy League university does engage in a practice of prejudice against Asian-Americans. “It turns out that the suspicions of Asian-American alumni, students and applicants were right all along,” the group said in a statement. “Harvard today engages in the same kind of discrimination and stereotyping that it used to justify quotas on Jewish applicants in the 1920s and 1930s.”

Despite the report, the Ivy League school has aggressively and repeatedly denied the claim that they discriminate against Asian-Americans. “Thorough and comprehensive analysis of the data and evidence makes clear that Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group, including Asian-Americans, whose rate of admission has grown 29 percent over the last decade,” the university said in a statement. “Mr. Blum and his organization’s incomplete and misleading data analysis paint a dangerously inaccurate picture of Harvard College’s whole-person admissions process by omitting critical data and information factors.”

Breitbart News has been following this story since the Students for Fair Admission filed their original complaint against Harvard University. In April, the group said that documents obtained by the court revealed that the university’s admissions office was discriminating against Asian applicants.

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