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How much does race matter for selective unviersities?

SwagdoeSwagdoe Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited June 2012 in College Admissions
How much does race matter in ivies, MIT/Cal tech, etc.?

I heard that people of over-represented races have lower admission chances. I am an Asian by ethnicity, and am a US born citizen. Should I not declare my race, declare my race, or lie? (The last one might be illegal, so I don't think its a good idea.)
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Replies to: How much does race matter for selective unviersities?

  • magentaturtlemagentaturtle Registered User Posts: 1,138 Senior Member
    Either check Asian or don't check anything. If admissions finds out though, it could be a turn off because they might feel as if you're hiding information from them to gain an "advantage".

    I am Asian myself and also believe that as an over-represented minority, admission chances are in fact lowered.

    Don't let anyone tell you that race doesn't matter, because it certainly does.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Marking race and/or ethnicity on college applications is optional, the choice is up to you.

    Moderator Note:

    Questions and comments about the definitions of race/ethnicity used in college admissions are permissible on this forum.

    However, comments about AA belong on the Race FAQ sticky thread at the top of this forum.

    [Additional moderator edit: The current FAQ thread


    is open for discussion during the 2012-2013 admission season. Read the FAQ posts at the beginning of the thread carefully, following the links as needed to external sites, and then ask any follow-up questions you have as replies in that thread.]
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