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University of Virginia Adds ‘Background’ Question to Admissions Essay

University of Virginia Adds ‘Background’ Question to Admissions Essay

“While not explicitly mentioned, the question alludes to applicants’ race”

This sure looks like an attempt to get around the Affirmative Action ruling.

Campus Reform reports:

UVA adds racial identity question to admissions essay

The University of Virginia (UVA) announced a new essay question for the 2023 to 2024 admissions cycle that circumvents the Supreme Court’s ruling that universities can no longer consider race in college admissions.

Applicants are now required, in 300 words, to answer: “What about your background, perspective, or experience will serve as a source of strength for you and those around you at UVA?”

While not explicitly mentioned, the question alludes to applicants’ race because it appeals to sources of oppression and marginalization given the “background, perspective, or experience” should be seen as a “source of strength.”

Craig Meister, a college admissions coach and educational consultant, described UVA’s question as “leading,” eliciting responses that highlight applicants’ diversity. Meister also said a potential reason for this new question is that a “particular faction” of UVA’s admissions committee wanted to align the university with President Joe Biden’s suggestion to “account the adversity a student has overcome” in the process.

UVA, a public research university, received $216 million from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2022. The Virginia General Assembly can adjust funding at any given year, as it did in 2019.


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Oh, I dunno. I’d gen up a bunch of glurge about how my steadfast faith in Christ has seen me through (A, B, C) life experience. LOTTTTTTA black Christians. UVA can’t tell squat from that.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 4, 2023 at 10:41 pm

“I’m glad you asked. In the beginning I created the heavens and the Earth…

“My lived experiences and personal truths as a non-binary, transitioning, pan-sexual, BIPOC, half-Palestinian, half-Latinx, indigenous Muslim allows me to claim alleged, contrived and fallacious victimhood as a member of multiple oppressed classes, so that I can guarantee my admission to UVA and use my skills to advance social, racial, economic, queer, environmental and criminal justice, everywhere.”

Hey! I can play that game without playing the E Warren card.

“I was born with a mental condition that forced me to become a minority and struggle with common things that excluded my group.”
(I’m left handed.)

“My ethnic group has historically been mistreated and maligned.” (Irish)

“Media routinely denigrates my religion and those of my faith are frequently persecuted.” (Christian)

As a straight, white, christian, conservative male, I am currently being blamed for everything, due in part, mostly, cause we created or built pretty much everything of substance. Just sayin.