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The majority of Harvard’s incoming class is nonwhite

Pedestrians cross the Harvard University campus during the change of classes after recent news about disciplinary actions resulting from the cheating scandal. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE (Metro, Landergan)
Pedestrians cross the Harvard University campus during the change of classes. –Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe, file

For the first time in Harvard University’s history, the majority of students accepted into the incoming freshman class are not white, a milestone for an institution that prides itself on educating future presidents, CEOs, and world leaders.

But Harvard’s push to broaden the diversity of its student ranks comes as the Trump administration intensifies its focus on affirmative action policies and suggests it will investigate how colleges shape the racial makeup of their campuses.

The US Justice Department is preparing to redirect resources from its civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, The New York Times reported this week.

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