A new holistic admissions process at the University of Utah won't do enough to diversify the school as tuition and fee hikes put college further out of reach for underprivileged students, a group of protesters said Wednesday.
"They haven't taken the time to talk to us. It's going to affect our communities the most," said Alexis Santoyo, of MEChA, a Latino student organization. "Public education should be public. It should be accessible to anyone who wants to be in higher education."
About 50 students and activists gathered outside the John R. Park Building on campus Wednesday afternoon holding signs that included "Equal Education for everyone!" and "No to cuts!" They decried increases that will bring tuition and fees to about $7,300 next year, as well as a new $150 deposit required of incoming freshman students after they are accepted.