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Ethnic minorities majority of new Harvard admissions for first time
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Harvard University President Drew Faust, center, congratulates students after they receive their degrees at Harvard University the US on May 25.

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In the past, students at the US’ Harvard University have been predominantly white. This year, however, this tradition of 380 years has been broken. The majority of this fall’s September intake of students are from ethnic minority groups, of which the largest percentage, at 22.2 percent, are Asian, with 14.6 percent being African-American and 11.6 percent Hispanic.

Harvard has often been castigated for having a “ceiling” for minority groups. In May 2015, a coalition of 64 Asian-American groups filed a complaint with the US government, saying that Harvard and other Ivy League schools were unfair in their student recruitment, saying it was biased against Asian-American students.

According to Harvard, the university sends recruiters out throughout the country, looking for outstanding students and visiting 150 communities across the US, meeting with high school teachers, students and their parents and counselors, and explaining to them university entrance and admission standards.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)






1. ethnic minority group phr.


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2. castigate v.


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3. admit; admission v; n.


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