Guidance for Graduate Admissions After the Recent Supreme Court Decision

The 2023 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College changes how colleges and universities can consider the race and ethnicity of applicants to programs at all educational levels, including graduate, professional and non-degree-seeking programs. Please use these graduate admissions resources to ensure that we are legally compliant while at the same time continuing our steadfast commitment to inclusion and access, removing barriers to higher education for underrepresented populations, and ensuring that all members of our community have equitable access to the University and its resources.


Training is required for Admissions Committee Chairs and strongly encouraged for Associate Deans for Graduate Education, Directors of Graduate Studies, Graduate Program Coordinators. Click the Training Information box below for more information.

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In partnership with the Office of the General Counsel, the Graduate School has created an FAQ page to assist you as you navigate the changes related to graduate admissions. If your question is not addressed on this page, please contact us directly by using the Submit a Question button below. You will receive a prompt reply from either the Graduate Admissions Office or the Office of the General Counsel.

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Use the following resources compiled by the Graduate School Diversity Office and Graduate Admissions Office to assist in the recruitment, admission, retention and support of diverse students to your graduate program.


Diversity Recruitment Toolkit


Sample Rubrics (for admissions decision-makers) 

Faculty & Staff Toolkit


Community of Scholars Program

Thank you!

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. Meanwhile, thank you for working diligently within this new legal framework. Your thoughtful, thorough attention to each application submitted will ensure that the University will continue to meet our goals and live our values of enrolling diverse and inclusive cohorts of academically excellent students.