Diversity remains to be one of the highly debated topics among American universities today. With the growing population of immigrants every single year, authorities are keeping a close eye on how universities will handle the influx of minority students. And just recently, Harvard proved that they could rise to the occasion when it was revealed that their incoming class will be once again made up mostly of non-white students.
Just a few days ago, news site The Boston Globe reported that majority of Harvard’s upcoming freshmen will be coming from minority groups. Though they said it would be the first time Harvard will do such thing, LA Times revealed that it’s actually the second before adding that the school first did it last year. For the upcoming school year, Harvard offered admission to 2,056 aspiring students. Boston globe reported that out of this number, 50.8% are minorities. They also revealed that 22.2% are Asians, 14.6% are of the African-American race, 11.6% are Latinos and 2.5% are Pacific Islanders or Native Americans. Though these numbers are well impressive, LA Times reported that the minority percentage is actually slightly down from the 51.4% recorded last year.
Though this milestone was praised by many, some saw it as an answer to recent reports about the Trump administration looking into the racial makeup of students among universities. Aside from that, New York Times also reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is also planning to investigate universities after a discrimination complaint was filed. The said complaint came from a coalition of Asian-American students back in 2015. The group accused Harvard University and other Ivy League schools of discrimination against white students.
Harvard’s spokeswoman, Rachel Dane defended the university’s admission schemes last week amidst these allegations. She said that in order to have future top-notch leaders and professionals; students must learn how to work harmoniously with people from different backgrounds. Dane also added that before Harvard admits a student, the board will first consider every single thing that the candidate can offer.