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College Application Website Went Down as Deadline Looms

College Application Website Went Down as Deadline Looms

Flags and posters promoting hundreds of colleges at the counseling office at Midwood High School in Brooklyn.
When Affirmative Action Isn’t Enough

When Affirmative Action Isn’t Enough

Black and Hispanic students make up a larger share of freshman enrollment at Pomona College in California than at most other selective colleges.
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at N.Y.U., was released from prison in August after serving 20 years.
Right and Left React to the Justice Dept.’s Moves on Affirmative Action

Right and Left React to the Justice Dept.’s Moves on Affirmative Action

Several pending lawsuits are challenging affirmative action practices at high-profile institutions, including Harvard University.
Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity

Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity

Jonathan Haynes, the vice president of Princeton University Black Student Union, is among a group of students pushing Princeton to admit more people from low-income backgrounds.

The History of Affirmative Action

In the latest case involving affirmative action, the Justice Department is going to investigate possible discrimination against Asian-Americans in college admissions.
‘Everyone Deserves an Equal Chance to Get Into College’: Readers React

‘Everyone Deserves an Equal Chance to Get Into College’: Readers React

Abigail Fisher, right, with Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, left the Supreme Court after oral arguments in her case in December 2015. Her case argued that the University
Affirmative Action Battle Has a New Focus: Asian-Americans

Affirmative Action Battle Has a New Focus: Asian-Americans

Rowers along the Charles River passed the Harvard College campus in Cambridge, Mass., this year. A lawsuit accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans in admissions.
Education Life: How to Conquer the Admissions Essay

Education Life: How to Conquer the Admissions Essay

Estela Laureano, at a Long Island Writing Project workshop, honing her college-essay writing skills.
Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have helped tilt the Justice Department to the right on civil rights issues.
U.C. Irvine Rescinds Acceptances for Hundreds of Applicants

U.C. Irvine Rescinds Acceptances for Hundreds of Applicants

The University of California, Irvine, this month rescinded acceptance letters for 499 incoming freshmen.
C. Weston Houck, Judge Who Ended Citadel’s Male-Only Policy, Dies at 84

C. Weston Houck, Judge Who Ended Citadel’s Male-Only Policy, Dies at 84

Judge C. Weston Houck was an appointee of President Jimmy Carter.
Long-Awaited Plan for Integrating Schools Proves Mostly Small-Bore

Long-Awaited Plan for Integrating Schools Proves Mostly Small-Bore

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, in February. On Tuesday, a principal critical of their new plan to increase diversity in public schools said, “It’s not a plan to
Your Money: When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them

Your Money: When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them

Students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., last year. Hampshire was among several colleges that contacted students after May 1 to hint at more financial aid.
Your Money: When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them

Your Money: When Colleges Dangle Money to Lure Students Who Ignored Them

Students at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., last year. Hampshire was among several colleges that contacted students after May 1 to hint at more financial aid.
Your Money: This Year’s College-Bound Essayists and Their ‘Beautiful Contradictions’

Your Money: This Year’s College-Bound Essayists and Their ‘Beautiful Contradictions’

Idalia Felipe, 18, with her brother Cesar, 6. Ms. Felipe, who plans to attend California State University, Fullerton, described the “warm touch of a small palm” in her busy home.
Harvard Law Expands Deferral Program, Pushing Students to Gain Work Experience

Harvard Law Expands Deferral Program, Pushing Students to Gain Work Experience

The Harvard Law School library. A new program at the school will allow college graduates to broaden their experience while knowing they have a secure law school berth, a school official said.