Members of Students for Undocumented Dreams and Decision Equity Now argue that the Common Application discriminates against undocumented college applicants.
Undocumented students applying to colleges in the United States may find a new alternative to the Common Application helpful in the admissions process.
Last month, members of the SUDDEN Movement — Students for Undocumented Dreams and Decision Equity Now — launched the Fair Common Application website as a “creative protest” to demonstrate the difficulties immigrant students face when applying to colleges.
The immigration-rights group — founded in 2012 at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore College — discovered that “undocumented American” was not a demographic choice on the Common Application and was missing from its non-discrimination clause. The group argued that this left undocumented college applicants unsure if they could use the application, which is accepted by 488 colleges and universities. The SUDDEN Movement said that the application’s current format allows member institutions to discriminate against undocumented applicants.
The Fair Common Application allows students to identify as an “undocumented American” and aims to make the application process clearer. According to the SUDDEN Movement, this will help undocumented students avoid “a separate and unequal admissions process” that they experience when labeled as international students. Visitors to the Fair Common Application website can sign a petition demanding that the Common Application make changes to its current policies. The group wants all Common Application member institutions to eventually recognize and accept the Fair Common Application.
Currently, no colleges have accepted the new alternative.
What do you think? Is the Common Application unfair to undocumented college applicants?
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