ERIC Number: ED445135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Preferences at the University of Virginia: Racial and Ethnic Preferences in Undergraduate Admissions, 1996 and 1999.
Lerner, Robert; Nagai, Althea K.
This study contains an analysis of admissions practices at the University of Virginia (UVA), originally reported in 1996 and updated for this report. It contains improved data from 1996 and additional data for 1999. Among the findings are that Whites and Asians admitted to the UVA have roughly the same verbal Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores and high school ranks. Asian admittees on average have higher mathematics SAT scores compared to other groups. Hispanics admitted to UVA have slightly lower verbal SAT scores and high-school ranks, and somewhat lower mathematics scores, compared to Whites and Asians. Test scores and high school ranks for black admittees in general are much lower compared to other groups. UVA frequently rejects many White, Hispanic, and Asian applicants with higher test scores and high-school ranks than Black admittees. For all racial and ethnic groups, in-state applicants are admitted with lower test scores and high-school ranks than out-of-state applicants. On average, out-of-state Blacks are admitted with substantially lower test scores and high-school ranks than are in-state Hispanics, Asians, and Whites. The relative odds of admission to UVA show a strong preference given to Blacks over Whites, and to a lesser extent, Hispanics over Whites. For 1996, the relative odds of admission to UVA, controlling for test scores and high-school ranks, show a strong degree of preference given to Blacks over Whites (33 to 1) in 1996. For 1999 admissions data, the relative odds of admission, controlling for test scores and high-school ranks and also for legacy and in-state resident status, show an even stronger degree of preference for Blacks. A technical appendix contains the coefficients from the logistic regression of UVA admissions on several independent variables. (Contains 10 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Center for Equal Opportunity, Washington, DC.