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Response to: Friend of the Court Fisher v. University of Texas

January 21st, 2013

Today, college is something many set their sights on. Grades and good behavior are widely known to be important in order to be accepted. In fact, many would consider these to be the main priority colleges look for, and justly so. This, however, is not always the case. Colleges do not always look solely to your achievements in order to determine your acceptance, they also take your race into consideration.
In the case University of California vs. Bakke, the University was reserving spots only for minorities. The Supreme Court ruled this method of acceptance as unconstitutional but, “the school may use the applicant’s race as a consideration on other ways”.  A major part of college is to experience different cultures and interact in a diverse environment. Some believe the only way to ensure this is to include the racial question on all applications.  Universities, however, do not need to go out of their way to guarantee diversity.
If schools remove the question of race from applications, and accept students based entirely on their academic and personal achievements, the diversity in the schools will be inevitably attained. Millions of individuals apply to colleges each year. In fact, studies show that the number of students who apply to colleges has increased in many places. “73% of colleges across the country saw increases in the number of students applying to their institutions in 2010”, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling report. The ethnic diversity and number of students from each ethnic group who apply must be profound. Due to these large numbers, the possibility of colleges not accepting a diverse group of ethnicities is extremely unlikely.
Asking college hopefuls their race to advance those colleges own gains is not what the 14th amendment was made to promote. Achievements of the individual should be the only thing considered when deciding who to accept into Universities.