Regardless of whether institutions use race-conscious or race-neutral admission policies, NACAC recognizes and seeks to educate the community on the substantial benefits derived from a diverse student body and the complexity of the admission process. This page offers the most recent guidance for NACAC members on race-conscious admission.
Fisher v. UT Austin
The Fisher II decision (2016) upholds UT-Austin's use of race-conscious admissions and preserves the earlier positions that colleges have a compelling interest in ensuring student body diversity.
Read NACAC's press release on the decision.
Current litigation, including a lawsuit against Harvard University, continue to pose potential threats to the future of race-conscious admission policies. NACAC will continue to monitor changes and will update this webpage as necessary.
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Fisher Ruling Q&A
The U.S. Supreme Court's Second Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas: Preliminary Q&A on the Decision and Its Possible Implications (Access and Diversity Collaborative, June 2016)Read More
Diversity and Access Collaborative
NACAC is a sponsoring organization of the Diversity and Access Collaborative, a national initiative spearheaded by the College Board's Advocacy & Policy Center. The Collaborative provides resources on diversity-related issues in higher education, including guidance on legal battles pertaining to diversity in college admission.Read More
Student Checklist: Ask the Admission Office
One of the benefits of going to college is meeting students from different backgrounds. Diversity on a college campus can mean differences in race, religion, ethnicity, gender, geography, etc. Students can use this checklist to start thinking about the questions to ask a college's admission office.Download the PDF