Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to end affirmative action. Colleges will no longer be able to use an applicant's race as a basis for admission.
While most professionals in the admissions and college counseling world expected this decision, many students are unsure of what this means and how it will impact the coming admissions cycle and beyond. Interestingly, the onus is on the colleges, not students.
Let's break down the ruling:
Will students still have the option to check the "race box" on the application?
Will colleges continue to value diversity?
Does a student need to keep quiet about their race in their application?
How does the ruling affect white and Asian American students?
If colleges are no longer permitted to use race as a basis for admissions, why could race still play a role in the process?
Time will tell how colleges will treat applicants moving forward. We can assume, though, that colleges will continue to value diversity and figure out ways to create the most diverse college community they can. The result may not look or feel like it once did. But there's no way these colleges will stop trying.