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What ethnicity to put on application?

sheriff55sheriff55 Registered User Posts: 50 New Member
edited October 2010 in College Admissions
Ok, so I am 100% Egyptian. I was born in Egypt and moved to U.S. when I was very young, and I currently have a green card but I am not a citizen. Now I have been told by several people, including one of my teachers, that I can legitimately put down African-American for my college application. I've been told this would help my application, but do you think I could do it? and if not, is there another ethnicity for me to put, or is it just white?
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Replies to: What ethnicity to put on application?

  • DannyNobelDannyNobel - Posts: 608 Member
    You should put African-American. And I do not mean to be stalker-ish, but do you mind telling me your initials, i think i know who you are lol ;D
  • sheriff55sheriff55 Registered User Posts: 50 New Member
    anyone give me an answer and their reasoning as to how they arrived at their conclusion?
    btw danny, u give me ur initials and i'll tell you if i know u :P
  • BasajaunBasajaun Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    No, Egyptians are not Black. Therefore, you cannot say that you are black on your application. Plus, the Common App asks if you are "Black/African American". You are not black. Egyptians are Arabic, and Arabs are considered to be "White".

    So, please don't lie to colleges about this. Please have some integrity.
  • BillyMcBillyMc . Posts: 7,753 Senior Member
    I believe the Common Application indicates that those of European, Middle Eastern, and North African descent are "White".
    So, please don't lie to colleges about this. Please have some integrity.
    This was unnecessary, the OP is simply trying to find out if the entirety of Africans fall into one category, or if it is broken up. There was no suggestion that the OP would lie or not have integrity.
  • sheriff55sheriff55 Registered User Posts: 50 New Member
    Alright. Thanks for the feedback.
  • DannyNobelDannyNobel - Posts: 608 Member
    Well, the person at my school who is egyptian is planning to put african american on his common app. His name is Johnathon N.
  • sheriff55sheriff55 Registered User Posts: 50 New Member
    then no not me :P
  • tb0mb93tb0mb93 Registered User Posts: 1,320 Senior Member
    Choice 1: Black or African American (including Africa and Caribbean)

    Black *OR* African American
    Egypt is in Africa, no?

    Choice 2: White (including Middle Eastern)

    Middle East is a subchoice for this, too
    Egypt is in the Middle East, no?

    Choice 3: Check off both maybe
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    Your parents were born in Egypt. You were born in Egypt. Your putting African American down will not bode well for you. Don't do it.
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