Want to Be a Doctor? A Scientist? An Engineer? An Affirmative Action Leg up May Hurt Your Chances

Engage Volume 11, Issue 3, December 2010
By Gail Heriot
December 23, 2010

The assumption behind the fierce competition for admission to elite colleges and universities is clear: The more elite the school one attends, the brighter one’s future. That assumption, however, may well be flawed. The research examined recently by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights provides strong reason to believe that attending the most competitive school is not always best—at least for students who aspire to a degree in science or engineering.