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Dinesh D'Souza, who admitted and was convicted of campaign finance law violations and produces hilariously bad propaganda films, are close to the edge.
While the distinction has blurred in some areas, educated, scholarly adults (on all parts of the political spectrum) are unlikely to share that conflation, imo.
Most colleges have their liberals in the humanities, and the centrists in the sciences, engineering, and business.
(although people it supports, like Michelle Malkin, who wrote a book in defense of Japanese internment and racial profiling;
But then are the legions of temporary admissions readers hired to give thousands of applications their preliminary scores always ones willing to consider that a conservative person is not some noxious "alt right" follower, given the prominence of the "alt right" these days?
I'd argue that the very large schools that have to hire those "legions" are the schools least likely to care about applicants' political leanings.
In many jobs, people can inappropriately inject their own political viewpoints into how they do their jobs; college admissions reading is no different in this respect.
Yeah, I won't try to argue that it's impossible, but I do think it's unlikely at all but the largest schools. Adcomm meet in conference with great frequency, and an adcomm with such a proclivity would not be employed for long. Now, if the director of admissions did, that's another story...
why do you think those initial grades would reflect something like this? They're based on very clear, quantitative measures like GPA and test scores, afaik.