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U.S. Supreme Court opinion on race-based admissions


W&M’s resource hub on Supreme Court opinion on race-based admissions

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On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion deciding two cases involving race-based college admissions: Students for Fair Admissions V. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina.

Below is a statement from William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe, and a series of frequently asked questions. The university continues thoughtfully to review the opinion and additional guidance from government agencies to determine potential impact to W&M’s admissions processes. We will continue to update this page with new information.

Statement from W&M President Katherine A. Rowe

Building a vibrant community centered on William & Mary’s core values of Belonging and Excellence is essential to the university’s ability to fulfill its mission. We embrace the sentiment first recorded in the 1949 Student Handbook that “Who comes here belongs here. This is the first tradition.” Those words reflect our belief that William & Mary should be a place where everyone who comes has the opportunity to flourish and achieve at the highest level.

Following the recent opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court, we are asked to consider again how students are recruited and who comes here. Within the law, William & Mary will remain intentional about recruiting the best and brightest students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences. We will strive to ensure that William & Mary continues to be a place where great minds and hearts find great opportunities to learn, grow and contribute.

A diverse, inclusive community of learning and research is essential to William & Mary, to the Commonwealth, and to the world. The data are clear. By uniting insightful people from different nations, backgrounds, identities and perspectives, we sharpen our thinking and deepen our curiosity. We find new, workable solutions to age-old problems – quickly and with greater sophistication – and we learn more about ourselves along the way. We come to appreciate different ways of knowing and being in the world and their positive impact on teaching, learning and research.

To our campus, our community, and those aspiring to join us: you belong.

– Katherine A. Rowe