Minority students often have fewer resources to navigate college admissions and cannot picture themselves as easily on elite campuses. Unsurprisingly, several admits told me they’re struggling to commit to Stanford based solely on websites or brochures.
Although Stanford continually insists otherwise—in the form of NSO diversity events, Frosh101 modules, and lofty emailed rhetoric from members of the administration—we can’t help but suspect that Stanford is not built for us. Freshmen from marginalized communities already suspected that Stanford was lying when it told us that we belong here. We just didn’t expect Stanford to confirm our suspicions so quickly.