Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) said Harvard preferred white, black and Hispanic applicants, some less qualified than Asian-American ones, BBC reports.
The SFFA said Asian-American applicants with a 25% chance of admission “for example, would have a 35% chance if he were white, 75% if he were Hispanic, and 95% chance if he were African-American.”
Harvard has however denied the claim, stating that 22.2% of students admitted to Harvard are Asian-Americans, while African-Americans make 14.6%, Hispanic or Latino 11.6%, Native American or Pacific Islander 2.5%, and “Others,” made mostly of white students, make up just under 50%.
The university denied the allegations, saying the SFFA’s analysis was flawed in a number of ways and therefore misleading.
“Thorough and comprehensive analysis of the data and evidence makes clear that Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group, including Asian-Americans, whose rate of admission has grown 29% over the last decade,” Harvard said in a statement, the New York Times reports