UW Admissions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state attorney general says a new freshman admissions policy of the University of Wisconsin System is legal even though it requires consideration of an applicant's race.

The policy adopted by the Board of Regents requires a comprehensive review of each applicant seeking admission. Academic factors are the most important but other factors such as race, income and special talents must be considered to help achieve diversity.

Opponents and supporters of the policy asked Attorney General J-B Van Hollen for an opinion on its legality.

He tells lawmakers the consideration of race does not violate a 1974 law that says no race-based tests shall be allowed in admissions requirements. That law was meant to prohibit the use of race only as a disqualification for admission, not as a way to help students be admitted.

Van Hollen says the policy also complies with a 2003 U-S Supreme Court decision that says race can be used in admissions as one of many factors.

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