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The Regents of The University of California vs Bakke appeared in the Supreme Court in 1977 The Supreme Court ruled that a universitys use of racial quotas in its admissions process was unconstitutional but a schools use of affirmative action to accept more minority applicants was constitutional in some circumstances The case involved the admissions practices of the Medical School of the University of California at Davis The medical school reserved 16 out of 100 seats in its entering class for minorities The rigid admissions quota was administered by a special school committee Allan Bakke a white applicant was twice denied admission to the medical school even though his MCAT scores GPA and benchmark scores were significantly higher than those of some minority applicants recently admittedAllan P Bakke a 33-year-old white male applied to twelve medical schools in 1973 He had been a National Merit Scholar at Coral Gables Senior High School a school in Florida He was accepted as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota deferring tuition costs by joining Naval ROTC He graduated with a GPA of 351 In order to fulfill his ROTC requirements he joined the Marine Corps and served four years including a seven-month tour of duty in Vietnam as a commanding officer of an anti-aircraft battery In 1967 having achieved the rank of captain he was granted an honorable discharge Bakke then worked as an engineer at NASA He stated that his interest in medicine started in Vietnam and increased at NASA as he had to consider the problems of space flight and the human body there But twelve medical schools rejected his application for admissionBakke had applied first to the University of Southern California and Northwestern in 1972 and both rejected him making a point of his age with Northwestern writing that it was above their limit Medical schools at the time openly practiced age discriminationBakke applied late to UC-Davis in 1973 because his mother-in-law was
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