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Bowdoin College Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action

Story posted June 24, 2003

Bowdoin College believes strongly in the value of a campus community that reflects the individual talents and wide-ranging contributions of a variety of people from across America and the world. We are convinced that society's leaders are best educated in an intellectually charged environment that is supported by an understanding and appreciation of differences of perspective and experience that arise out of racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious and geographic diversity. Monday's ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of Grutter v. Bollinger permits carefully designed admissions programs that flexibly consider each applicant as an individual and properly treat race as one of many factors that may be considered in the admissions process. This "holistic" approach to admissions -- which relies on a definition of merit and talent that recognizes individual accomplishment and excellence -- has been used successfully at Bowdoin for years. Today, approximately one in four students in Bowdoin's first-year and sophomore classes are people of color. Our students come from all across America, and we continue to offer admission to many first-generation college students from Maine and other states. In its ruling, the Court has recognized as a compelling state interest the educational benefits that derive from increased diversity on campus. Bowdoin College applauds the Court's decision and its endorsement of the admissions process used here to provide educational opportunity to America's future leaders.

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