Wesleyan University ends legacy admissions after Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

Wesleyan University’s president announced the formal elimination of its legacy admissions policy.

He cited the recent Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action as the reason for the decision. Many progressives argue that without programs to support Black and Brown admissions, programs giving preferential treatment to children of alumni and donors no longer balance out. President Michael S. Roth says that legacy applicants will now be evaluated “on their own merits.”

Many different schools have interpreted the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action beyond racial admission preferences. Some schools have banned scholarships that consider race. Some schools have claimed they can “still” use race in admissions.

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