For the first time ever, Harvard University has an incoming freshman class that is majority non-white, the Boston Globe reports.
The milestone announcement comes shortly after a New York Times report on a U.S. Justice Department internal document saying the team was looking for lawyers to conduct "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions."
Though the department hit back at the Times calling the article "inaccurate," news of the Trump administration's potential interest in higher education affirmative action policies put schools on the defensive, the Globe reports. "Harvard's admissions process considers each applicant as a whole person, and we review many factors, consistent with the legal standards established by the US Supreme Court," Harvard spokeswoman Rachel Dane told the paper.
Per the college's site, the incoming class of 2021 will be about 1,694 students, 50.9 percent of whom are diverse.