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UT receives heavy support amid Supreme Court ruling

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The Obama administration, 17 U.S. Senators, 100 universities and several civil rights groups are supporting the University of Texas’ admissions process.

Numerous amicus briefs were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. The groups are filing the briefs as part of Fisher vs. The University of Texas.

In 2008, Abigail Fisher, a white student, sued the university after she was denied admission. Fisher says the school violated her constitutional right to equal protection.

UT's admissions policy takes into account a student's race and ethnicity, but also admits about two-thirds of UT freshman based on high school class rank.

The Supreme Court's ruling on the admission program will be its first ruling on affirmative action in higher education since 2003.

Arguments will begin Oct. 10.

Click here to read the full list of amicus briefs supporting the University of Texas.

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