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Princeton President: Race Is a Factor in Admissions

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 11:23 AM

Princeton University President Chris Eisgruber admitted in a new interview that the Ivy League school considers applicants' races when deciding whether to accept them.

Eisgruber spoke with CBS News and said his school aims to have a diverse student body because of the nation's "multicultural and diverse society."

"Let's be clear about this. This is part of our policy. We do take race and ethnicity into account in building a diverse campus," Eisgruber said.

"We want our students to go out in the world and have an impact in a multicultural and diverse society and to produce those kinds of students, we need to have a diverse student body on this campus."

The Supreme Court said in June that race-based college admissions are acceptable in order to foster diverse student populations.

CBS reports that the policy is leaving some high-achieving high school students, particularly those of Asian descent, on the outside looking in.

The network interviewed one student who earned a 4.67 GPA in high school, a 2230 SAT score, and a perfect ACT score. That student, an Asian-American, was only accepted into one Ivy League school after applying to nearly all of them in 2012.

"If we wanted to, we could take students who had only perfect GPAs and only perfect board scores and fill a class with them," Eisgruber said.

Harvard University's incoming freshman class is dominated by minorities, the first time a class at the Cambridge, Mass. school has not been a white majority.

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