NEW YORK (May. 24)
After three years of “cooperative” and “cordial” negotiations and five policy changes, Purdue University in Indiana has agreed to cease limitations on applications from New York State and New Jersey, which have high percentages of Jews and other minorities, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith reported today. The ADL and the Purdue Hillel organization began their challenge in June 1969, contending that limitation of out-of-staters to offspring of graduates–and then only within a quota–was discriminatory to the minorities.
The new policy states that “special consideration may be given to the sons and daughters of alumni of the university provided the applicants meet the prescribed academic requirements and standards for admission.” It adds that those meeting these tests “will be admitted in so far as the financial resources and the facilities of the university permit.” The nonrefundable application fee imposed on out-of-staters has been eliminated, too, but the out-of-stater maximum of 25 percent remains in effect. Purdue maintains campuses at Lafayette, Hammond, Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis.