Colleges will be able to hide applicants’ race, ethnicity

Colleges will soon have the option to hide students’ race and ethnicity information on applications submitted through Common App, according to the organisation, writes Nicki Brown for CNN.

The move comes as the United States Supreme Court is poised to say that colleges and universities can no longer take race into consideration in admissions programmes, a decision that will likely overturn decades-old precedent and could diminish the number of African American and Hispanic students in higher education.

Although students applying through Common App will still be able to answer questions pertaining to race and ethnicity, colleges can choose to hide that information starting on 1 August, according to the statement. Currently, universities are able to hide information about an applicant’s test scores, birthday, gender, and social security number. Common App’s questions about race and ethnicity are optional for students to respond to.
Full report on the CNN site