Feds: Princeton University did not discriminate against Asian applicants

 A university bus picks up a student in front of the Friend Center for Engineering Education in Princeton, NJ. (Alan Tu/WHYY, file)

A university bus picks up a student in front of the Friend Center for Engineering Education in Princeton, NJ. (Alan Tu/WHYY, file)

The federal Department of Education has declared that Princeton University does not discriminate against Asian and Asian-American applicants.

The university on Wednesday released a letter dated Sept. 9 from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

The office investigated Princeton in response to two rejected applicants’ claims that the Ivy League university was discriminating on the basis of race and national origin. One said students from other backgrounds with similar credentials were accepted over her.

It found that the university uses race and national origin in its admissions considerations as two of many factors. The office says Princeton didn’t subject members of any group to different admissions standards than others and never assessed the demographics of the classes it was building.

Princeton accepts only about 10 percent of undergraduate applicants.

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