It's really really simple when it comes to colleges particularly Ivy league schools. I'm not defending these policies so don't freak out at me personally but it's very easily explained. 1) Affirmative Action. 2) Supply and demand. Many top schools have had disproportionately large Asian student populations compared to population demographics in their state for a few decades now. For example a school like John's Hopkins that brags about its diversity is ~20% Asian in student body and ~ 42% white. Black students are ~ 7.2% of the student body. Look at Baltimore city. 63.2% black. 28.1% white. 2.4% Asian. And yeah, Baltimore is Baltimore and people are coming from all over the world to John's Hopkins. But the whole point of affirmative action policies is to provide some balance in order to accept more students that were working through systemic disadvantages in k-12. Without quotas limiting immigrant applicants and applicants from oversupplied demographics they would quickly end up with a school that's half asian and half white with zero minorities. Face it, whether you're asian american or white if you grew up with parents who both had college degrees and paid for private music lessons and tutors and groomed your college resume from middle school on........... you were privileged as fuck. So quit crying if a latino student or a black student was able to get accepted into an Ivy League school a bit more easily because their application looked more impressive given a lack of privilege and opportunity in their past. This argument against affirmative action isn't new. It's the exact same argument angry white people with complaining about circa 1996.