Does everyone have an equal chance of getting into college?

I use to think everyone had an equal chance of getting into college. However after witnessing the process first hand with my friends, I began to question the fairness of the process. And now after our class discussion and lecture I do not believe everyone has an equal chance of getting into college. The main reason is due to affirmative action.

Affirmative action is “a set of policies that grant preferential treatment to a number of particular subgroups within the population” according to our lecture notes. This allows for preferential admissions of women, disadvantaged racial minorities, legacy, athletes, exhibiting leadership experience over equally qualified students who do not fit into one or more of these categories.

These policies were first approved in hope of expanding and diversifying the pool of students having a chance to enter the collegiate fields of study. But over time affirmative action as evolved into labeling student’s applications by their background and social class even though it should be focusing on promoting equal opportunity.