By Marina Liao
The Fisher v. University of Texas case has sparked controversy about affirmative action and the use of the policy in college admission processes. The case, which is currently in the Supreme Court, will determine if future colleges can use ethnicity as a factor in accepting students into schools.
As college students in a diverse institution, we decided to ask some Stony Brook students how they felt about affirmative action in the admissions process.
“I don’t think race should be a factor because color has no influence on academic ability or performance. You shouldn’t be accepted into a school just because you’re a minority,” said Bri Stockman, a junior studying art history at Stony Brook.
Christopher Rosa, a junior studying mathematics at Stony Brook said, “Colleges shouldn’t base acceptances on race. They should only look at a student’s GPA, extracurriculars and work.”
“Race should not be a factor on any application or for any situation. If it’s more about the socioeconomics of certain minority groups, then we can set up another program for that and get them the help they need, but I don’t think race needs to play into this. If you keep bringing up race, there will always be racism, so just don’t make race a factor at all,” said Angela Bajor, a pre-med student at Stony Brook.
“We should not make race a factor in the college admissions process. Following this thought, right now women are getting into colleges at a higher rate than men, so should men now get affirmative action?” said Drew Dillingham, a graduate student studying public policy at Stony Brook. “I think colleges should only focus on academics and the student’s performance rather than forsake these for ethnicity.”
“I don’t think your race should matter in applying to colleges. Admissions officers should only judge you based on your grades, extracurriculars, GPA, community service or what other type of positions you’ve held in high school,” said Diane Poon, a junior majoring in business at Stony Brook. “In reality I think schools look at race as a factor because it looks good for them, but I don’t think they should.”
“Everyone should meet a set requirement determined by the schools they apply to. Certain GPA, SAT scores and those things should be the main criteria for acceptance and not what color you are,” said Joel Wellum, a college graduate from Washington D.C. “If schools say we need to bring in this amount of race to fill in quotas, that in itself is racist.”
“Personally, I don’t think race should be a factor even though I am a minority. Race has less to do with it than economic backgrounds. That should be considered more over what your race is,” said Suzanne Park, a senior studying biology at Stony Brook.
Photos by Marina Liao