A century ago, elite universities restricted Jewish students. They created the modern college admissions process.

Jews on U.S. college campuses have faced discrimination of varying degrees — both institutional and social — depending on the era, with one surprising result of a major antisemitic explosion in higher education a century ago.

Administrators at a number of colleges, including Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, are now pledging to do more to make Jewish students feel protected after initial criticism that they had failed to even as campuses are being roiled by protests.

To be sure, Jews were not the only students discriminated against; there was, for example, anti-Catholic sentiment amid strong Catholic immigration.

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