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Asian-American Student with Near-Perfect SAT Score Rejected by Elite Colleges, Questions Affirmative Action Policies

Jon Wang, an 18-year-old Asian-American student, has questioned the fairness of affirmative action policies after being rejected by six elite universities, despite scoring a near-perfect SAT score of 1590 out of 1600 and achieving a high school GPA of 4.65. 

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Wang’s rejection letters came from MIT, CalTech, Princeton, Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, and U.C. Berkeley. He has since become part of the plaintiff group suing Harvard University and the University of North Carolina over their race-based admissions practices.

The Supreme Court is currently reviewing these cases, and the decisions could significantly influence the future of college admissions processes. The issue at stake in the Harvard case is whether the university violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The UNC case, on the other hand, is evaluating the school’s refusal to implement a “race-neutral alternative.”

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The decision could overturn the 2003 precedent case Grutter v. Bollinger, which ruled that using race as a factor in admissions was constitutional if it was narrowly applied to achieve a diverse student body’s educational benefits.

Wang’s experience aligns with information from The Princeton Review, which asserts in its book “Cracking College Admissions” that the high success of many Asian-American students can lead to concerns at some schools of overrepresentation and can result in a “distinct disadvantage” at many elite institutions. 

The outcome of the current Supreme Court cases, Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, is expected before July 4. The decision could have a far-reaching impact on affirmative action policies and the college admissions process overall.

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