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 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.
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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
Guidance from DOJ and ED
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on the voluntary use of race to achieve diversity in postsecondary education.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
NACAC CEO Op-ed
NACAC CEO Joyce Smith writes about "Why Wishful Thinking Won't Erase Need for Race-Conscious Admission Policies" for Diverse Issues in Higher Education.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