Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the admissions program utilized by the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) to assemble a diverse student body. Fisher v. Texas is the first federal appellate challenge to the use of race in university admissions since the Supreme Court’s landmark 2003 decision in Grutter v. BollingerThe Fifth Circuit’s decision places UT Austin’s plan squarely within Grutter and affirms that universities have wide latitude to seek diversity in their student bodies.