The Trump administration has repeatedly challenged the use of race in admissions, particularly at the country’s most selective universities.
Asian Americans and Whites have only one-eighth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials, the department claims.
“Yale’s race discrimination includes imposing undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular most Asian, and White applicants,” the lawsuit, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, alleges.
ADADIn August, the Justice Department announced that a two-year investigation into Yale’s admissions had concluded that the school gave too much weight to race in its consideration of applicants.
The Justice Department has also cast a critical eye on the use of race at another top university, filing briefs supporting the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Harvard University that accuses the Massachusetts school of discriminating against Asian American applicants.