Are U.S. Colleges and Universities Barring Asian Applicants Based on their Race?

Regulatory Transparency Project

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On May 22, the Regulatory Transparency Project and the Center for Equal Opportunity co-sponsored a discussion on the admissions practices at elite colleges as they affect Asian American applicants.

Linda Chavez and her CEO colleagues presented and released a new study and report entitled "'Too Many Asian Americans?' Affirmative Discrimination in Elite College Admissions." The CEO study illustrates that while Caltech admissions decisions are race-blind, its elite sister institutions Harvard University and MIT have established "ceilings"—or a limit—on Asian American acceptances. In addition to addressing the direct ramifications of their study’s findings, event panelists also discussed the unintended consequences of these admissions practices, whether current regulations are adequate to address issues of racial discrimination in college admissions, and what additional role government or civil society may play in redressing racially discriminatory admissions practices. 


  • Althea Nagai, Research Fellow, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Brenda Shum, Director, Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Yukong Zhao, President, Asian American Coalition for Education
  • Terry Eastland, Senior Fellow, Center for Equal Opportunity 
  • Stuart Taylor, Contributing Editor, National Journal
  • [Moderator] Linda Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity

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