AMHERST, Mass. - For much of the past year, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has been working to develop new admissions practices for the fall, 2000 cycle. This work included consideration of the many philosophical and legal issues surrounding the role of race and ethnicity in the admissions process, but also incorporated other factors shaping our approach to admissions. During most of the past decade UMass Amherst has become an increasingly selective institution. Last year, only about two-thirds of applicants were offered admission, and a careful review of all admissions criteria seemed timely. In addition, ongoing research into student performance has improved our understanding of the relationship between admissions criteria and student performance, and these insights were incorporated into the review.