Yes, legacy college admissions are still allowed after SCOTUS ruling

AtomicMind CEO Leelila Strogov is a featured source in this Verify video on Affirmative Action.

AtomicMind CEO Leelila Strogov is a featured source in this Verify video on legacy college admissions.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action only addressed race-based admissions practices. Factors such as legacy and socioeconomic status are still allowed.

The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 29, 2023 struck down certain affirmative action practices in higher education, banning the consideration of race as a factor in college admissions.

The decision has sparked conversation online about college admissions practices in general, including the controversial topic of legacy preference – when admission offices prioritize applicants whose family members attended the school.

“Let me get this straight. SCOTUS says colleges can’t take race into consideration during admission…But they can give preference to ‘legacies,’” professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich wrote in a viral tweet.

Other people on social media have also claimed that the Supreme Court decision still allows legacy college admissions.

Are legacy college admissions still allowed following the Supreme Court’s ruling?

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