Everyone is asking me about the affirmative action case being argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Due to the conservative makeup of the Court, race-conscious admissions will most likely be struck down, thus eliminating colleges' ability to use race as a factor in the admissions process.
While decisions are usually announced in June every year, we can assume that colleges will begin preparing for what most believe is an inevitability. So how does this affect students who plan to apply to college? Here are five facts you need to know.
1. If affirmative action is ruled unlawful, the Class of 2024, the current high school juniors will be the first group of students in decades to go through the admissions process without it.
2. Checkboxes for race will not be eliminated from applications.
3. Just because the race checkboxes won't be seen by admissions officers, doesn't mean students have to hide who they are in the rest of the application.
4. Admissions officers don't necessarily need checkboxes to determine race.
5. Elite colleges and the high-achieving students who apply to elite colleges will be impacted the most by this decision.
Whatever your stand is on affirmative action and race-conscious admissions practices, it is clear that changes to the admissions process are inevitable. It is more important than ever to be aware of the fact that race will still factor into the admissions process—that is because admissions officers will always be looking for clues. Admissions officers' internal biases and preferences are hard to erase after a century of discriminatory practices in college admissions.