Russian students shouldn’t be blamed for Ukraine


As a college admissions officer, I continue to receive heartbreaking emails from aspiring university students in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. These 16- to 18-year-olds are trying to understand what the Ukraine crisis means for their futures – and whether they can believe in a future at all.

Ukrainian students send us devastating messages of fear for their safety and the safety of others, concern over access to food and continued hope that they might find refuge on a US campus. At the same time, I receive messages from Russian and Belarusian students who worry that, regardless of how they feel about the war, they will not be considered for admission under any circumstances because of their nationality.

I have even heard from currently enrolled Russian students on my campus who are concerned that they might be asked to leave. As a college, we would never consider such a move. But…

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