Admitting Students After SCOTUS Decision

21 March 2024

There is one spot on campus that is not quiet this week — Scoville Hall, where the Admissions team has been working hard to finalize the decision letters that will go out tomorrow for prospective members of the Class of 2028. 

Many are curious about how we are handling our first admissions season following last summer’s SCOTUS decision, which prevents us from accessing information about the race or ethnicity of applicants. In fact, last week, I was interviewed by NPR on this topic. I was able to note that many aspects of our process — our holistic review, our use of essays and interviews to get to know applicants, our strong program of need-based financial aid — are helpful in meeting our goals for building a diverse applicant pool and, we hope, entering class.

In addition, our Admissions colleagues have worked hard to strengthen our partnerships with community-based access organizations, such as Questbridge, Posse, and most recently, College Possible Minnesota. Joint events with a group of five other highly selective liberal arts colleges have allowed us to share our access message more broadly. 

We will not know how successful we have been until we have all our regular decision acceptances. We are hopeful, however, that our efforts and our commitment will make a difference. You’ll hear an update from Vice President Art Rodriguez about the admitted class in the coming weeks.

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