Racial and Ethnic Preferences in Undergraduate Admissions at Two Ohio Public Universities

This study documents evidence of significant discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions at Ohio State University and Miami University. Miami University (MU) awarded a large degree of preference in undergraduate admissions to blacks over whites and Asians, and, to a lesser extent, to Hispanics and Asians over whites. Ohio State University (OSU) awarded a large degree of preference to Hispanics and blacks over whites, and, to a lesser extent, to Asians over whites. The evidence of these preferences is manifested in a number of ways. The relative odds of admission of a black over a white applicant at MU and OSU were large, controlling for test scores, grades, gender, residency, and year of admission. Preference was also awarded Hispanics at both schools, controlling for other factors. Additionally, both schools granted a modest degree of preference to Asians.

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