by Linda Chavez, Roger Clegg
Center for Equal Opportunity
November 14, 2012
This study summarizes an analysis of admissions data from the University of Oklahoma. The analysis sought to determine if race and ethnicity were weighed in law school, undergraduate, and medical school admissions. The study concludes that race and ethnicity are weighed in admissions to all three institutions. This is especially true at the law school, where African Americans are given heavy preferences and American Indians are given more modest preferences. There is also evidence of preferential treatment for African Americans in undergraduate admissions, and for preferential treatment of “underrepresented minorities” (that is, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic students) in medical school admissions. Here the evidence is stronger for preferential treatment in medical school admissions. In addition, the performance of the medical school students on the United States Medical School Licensing Examination suggests that African Americans are given more preferential treatment in admissions than American Indian and Hispanic students.

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