a confusing new world for college applicants

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In a landmark ruling last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of precedent and banned the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

The decision eliminated the most powerful tool for ensuring diversity on America’s college campuses and forced college admission officers and high school seniors to figure out what the college admissions process should look like when race cannot be taken into account.

Jessica Cheung, a producer on “The Daily,” explains how, over the past year, both students and college officials have tried to navigate the new rules.


Jessica Cheung, a producer on “The Daily” for The New York Times.

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A workshop in Rochester, N.Y., in July hosted by a nonprofit that helps people from low-income communities prepare to apply for college.Victor Llorente for The New York Times

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Jessica Cheung contributed reporting.

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