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Will the SCOTUS rejection of affirmative action impact Kansas universities' admissions?

In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled yesterday affirmative action, admission practices targeted to increase enrollment of under represented populations, was unconstitutional.

The ruling made me wonder how the universities in Kansas would be impacted by this ruling.

Short answer: Minimal impact.

Kansas’ state universities don’t use race as an admissions consideration.

Under the state’s qualified admissions standards, anyone who meets the standards will get in. For freshman applicants under 21 years old who graduated from an accredited high school, they have to meet the following standards:

  • Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University: Cumulative High School GPA 2.25+ or ACT 21+ (SAT 1060)

  • Kansas State University: Cumulative High School GPA 3.25+ or ACT 21+ (SAT 1060)

  • University of Kansas: Cumulative High School GPA 3.25+ or Cumulative GPA 2.0+ and ACT 21+ (SAT 1060)

The SCOTUS ruling affects the more selective private and public universities across the country, such as Harvard and University of North Carolina (which the case was based on).

You can read more about the ruling here:


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