SCOTUS Cases Impacting Higher Education FAQ

Updated June 29, 2023

On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina were unlawful. The ruling has nationwide implications for the consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. The University is reviewing the decision and currently updating our guidance and process changes to reflect the ruling.

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How does this ruling change the University’s admissions processes?

We are in the process of evaluating the decision, and will carefully consider how it affects our admissions decision-making processes across the University System. 

If a decision requires changes, how soon will those changes be implemented?

It will take time to analyze the decision and fully understand how it affects admissions processes across the University System. Patience will be necessary and appreciated as the Provost’s Office, Office of the General Counsel, and others work to define the impacts.

How will the University ensure it still has a diverse student body?

We remain committed to our mission to educate students from across Minnesota and around the world. We will continue to consider the application of every prospective student who applies, and encourage all to apply regardless of background. Actions to promote diversity of the student body that fall outside the scope of the ruling will not be impacted.

Will this decision affect scholarship opportunities, including the Native American Promise Tuition Program?

We are in the process of evaluating the ruling and if that impacts scholarship opportunities. We will review our scholarships as necessary depending on the details of the decision.

Will this negatively affect enrollment numbers?

We will continue to welcome applicants from all communities and backgrounds, and we will continue our review practices to the extent we can, depending on the scope and details of the opinion. It is too early to tell how this will affect our enrollment numbers but we are confident prospective students will continue to see great value in a University of Minnesota education.

My question isn’t answered here. Who should I reach out to?

New questions can be submitted online and answers will be posted to this FAQ when available.

Share My App

The University is proud of the educational opportunities offered on all of our campuses. The Share My App Program makes it possible for Twin Cities campus applicants to easily apply to the University’s other campuses: Crookston, Duluth, Morris, or Rochester.

All freshman applicants who have submitted a complete admission application to the Twin Cities campus are invited to participate in the Share My App Program. In their Application Tracker checklist, they can access a web form where they can choose to be considered for admission at one or more of the U of M’s other campuses with no additional application and no additional application fee.

If students have questions about the Share My App Program or the individual system campuses, they may contact each campus directly for more information.

  • University of Minnesota Crookston: 1-800-862-6466
  • University of Minnesota Duluth: 1-800-232-1339
  • University of Minnesota Morris: 1-888-866-3382
  • University of Minnesota Rochester: 1-877-280-4699

Go to Share My App to learn more about this University of Minnesota program today!