Nearly every high school student dreams of attending a top college, or more specifically an Ivy League school. To do so requires near perfect grades, a stellar ACT score, a rigorous schedule filled with advanced placement courses, and extracurriculars on top of that. However, recently it seems there is an additional criterion that has to be met in order to attend one of the country’s top colleges: you can’t be Asian.
Business Insider recently posted an article describing the experience of high school student Michael Wang. Wang dreamed of attending an Ivy growing up, and worked hard to ensure that he did. With a perfect ACT score, 13 advanced placement courses, a 4.67 GPA, and extracurriculars that included choir, piano, speech, and debate it seemed that Wang would be guaranteed acceptance to one of America’s top colleges.
Instead, Wang was rejected from Stanford and every Ivy League school except University of Pennsylvania. After his rejections Wang filed an official complaint with U.S. Department of Education, alleging that his race worked against him during the admission process. Wang now has the backing of nearly 60 Asian groups that feel that Asian applicants face a severe disadvantage during the admission process, and that Ivy leagues and other colleges use “racial quotas to admit students to the detriment of more qualified Asian-American applicants.”
Race should play no part in the college application process. Institutions of higher learning should look to attain the best students possible, disregarding the race or ethnicity of their candidates, or more Asian-American students will find themselves in the same situation as Wang.