.I am an European student, studying Engineering in a US college and recently I had an experience which made me a lot on how the admissions process works in US colleges. I applied initially to study in US and got in a few colleges, but living in another country at the time, isolated me from this whole process as the only communication I had with the universities was via email and did not know many people who were applying to US colleges. This year I decided to apply for transferring at Princeton University, which reinstated the transfer admission after many years. I knew my chances to get in were small, despite having many academic accomplishments, research experience, good recommendation letters etc. This paragraph was taken from Princeton University latest post on the new transfer class:
"Of the students receiving offers of admission, eight have served on active duty in the military or are currently serving. Three of the students offered admission are women; 10 are men. Eight self-identified as people of color, including biracial and multiracial students."
You can read the whole post here (https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/05/09/princeton-offers-admission-13-students-reinstated-transfer-program
). However, I cold not find a sentence mentioning something outstanding related to the academic accomplishments of these students. I am sure that those people are great in their areas of study, but what concerns me is that an academic institution thinks that is more important to declare how many of those people have which skin color and how many others served in the military or not, over their academic accomplishments.
I have taken this post just as an example, but this phenomenon happens in many other universities. Studying in the US for almost 2 years now, I have noticed that universities tend to prioritize the admission of groups of people, by seeking diversity on their campuses. Personally I would prefer living on a diverse campus and this is an important reason why I chose to study in the US, but do you think that diversity is placed over merit in the admissions process?