“I did not have perfect SAT scores and I knew that, even then, these small elite campuses could fill their entire class with just valedictorians, with just people with perfect test scores,” said Vincent Pan, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, who attended Harvard in 1996. Affirmative action probably played a role in his admission, Pan, 50, said, “but I understood that there was more to not only my application — there was more to me.”