The chances of being admitted always fall as the year moves forward, but the drop has been especially catastrophic for underrepresented minorities this year at the University of Michigan. After a statewide affirmative action ban went into effect, minority admissions rates declined by 43 percent--compared with just a 24 percent decline for non-underrepresented minorities, the Michigan Daily reports.
A university spokeswoman urged the Daily not to read too much into the numbers. Another explanation for the change--besides the ban--could be that more students applied early this year, she said. "We knew there was going to be a lot of uncertainty in our admissions this year," she said, "so we encouraged people to apply early."