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Virginia Tech Ends Affirmative Action and Legacy Admissions Policies

Virginia Tech Ends Affirmative Action and Legacy Admissions Policies

“starting in the 2023-2024 admissions cycle”

It’s good to see some schools are getting their act together on this.

Campus Reform reports:

Virginia Tech officially ends affirmative action, legacy admissions policies

Virginia Tech announced it would eliminate considerations of both legacy status and race in its application process starting in the 2023-2024 admissions cycle.

“Each summer, the university reflects on the last admissions cycle and adjusts procedures in advance of the next one,” a school statement reads. “For this coming admissions cycle, changes include discontinuing the early decision option, formally eliminating legacy as a factor, and complying with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to remove race and ethnicity as an explicit factor in the admissions decision process.”

The university instead plans to pursue initiatives intended to attract minority students, such as “lowering barriers to admissions” and “creating effective pre-college programs.”

Legacy admits represent 20% of the incoming class, with an additional 12% being legacies, the statement notes.

Additionally, Virginia Tech will end its early decision option for high schoolers and move its early action deadline forward to Nov. 15 in order to remove “unneeded pressure,” streamline the application process, and “[level] the playing field” for all students.

In left-wing circles, early admissions are often seen as a boon to wealthy, white applicants.

President Tim Sands announced the Virginia Tech Advantage during last October, a plan to make the school more affordable for low-income students.

The university’s incoming class for fall 2022 was 40.4% “underrepresented minority students and underserved students,” which the school indicated was a “key milestone” in its strategic plan.


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This is a “tit for tat” reaction by the university. You won’t let us have affirmative action, we won’t let you have legacy. Tech has become pretty woke, so this is not a surprise.