(THE HILL) The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 4-3 decision that it is lawful for the University of Texas at Austin to consider race when determining student admissions.
The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the school in 2008. Fisher argues that the school’s use of race in the college admissions process is unconstitutional because it already guarantees admission to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
The university argued that race was just one factor in its holistic review of students and that Fisher would have been rejected even if she were a minority because she did not have the academic score needed to get into the school’s highly competitive liberal arts program. Because Fisher has already graduated from another school, the university further argued that the case should have been dismissed.
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