Why aren't asians considered minorities?

<p>Asians make up around 5% of the US population, or so I've heard. Why are they not given minority status when it comes to college applications?</p>

<p>I would assume it's because their applicant pool is so strong, but I don't know.</p>

<p>Because, though they may only be 5% of the nation's population, they're a MUCH higher percentage of the applicant pool at top schools.</p>

<p>Because they are over-represented minorities, i.e. the ratio of the percentage of Asians of most top colleges to the percentage of Asians in the U.S. population is high.</p>

<p>They are considered minorities, just not underrepresented minorities.</p>

<p>Asians may find that they still get a little bump in admissions preference if they apply to schools where the Asian population is low, like some east coast LACs and midwestern colleges.</p>

<p>wouldnt it be awesome if asians were URMs and the URMs were asian?</p>

<p>this might be stupid but what are URMs and LACs?</p>

<p>URM - Under Represented Minorities (Black, Latino)
LAC - Liberal Arts College</p>


<p>As A.S.A.P. said, Asians do receive "minority status" benefits if they apply to colleges where there are few Asians. Many midwestern and southern liberal arts colleges have low Asian enrollment. In addition, quite a few of these are selective and offer substantial merit based aid. Both Grinnell and Washington & Lee immediately come to mind.</p>

<p>In general, however, Asians are not given "minority status" benefits because as a group, they have done too well. They took advantage of the opportunities that became available to them as a result of the Civil Rights Movement and never looked back. With no "Asian leader" to remind them of the Chinese Exclusion Act or Korematsu, they looked to the future and found a path through education.</p>

<p>As a consequence of enrolling at universities in percentages exceeding their national Census statistic, they have been pegged as "over-represented" minorities.</p>

<p>I think some colleges might not think of some types of Asians as ORMs (like Filipinos).</p>

<p>Are Jewish people still ORMs around East-coast LACs?</p>

<p>Asians aren't considered "under represented" minorities at top schools only because sooo many apply and are accepted that the percentage of asians at top schools is much larger than the US percentage of asians. But Asians aren't considered over represented at LACs and most state schools.</p>

<p>jewish and asian people make up around 40% of the populations at most major top schools (i.e. ivies)</p>

<p>You've got Turkey, Eastern Russia, Middle East, China, Japan, India, Korea all the way to Indonesia. And they sum all of these regions under "Asian"
That, IMHO, is just too broad..</p>

<p>by asians, are you suggesting east asians....</p>

<p>To answer the question about Jews as minorities...</p>

<p>The designation of "Jewish" is not in the same category as the other things being discussed. The majority of American Jews, who have their roots in Eastern Europe, will be considered Caucasian, although a smaller number of others are not. </p>

<p>As for "Asians", usually college applications are referring to East Asians. However, in my experience with proprietary college applications, they almost always break it down by region (South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian), or ethnic group or nationality (Indian, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Arab, Persian, Turk, Turcoman, etc.) to a varying degree. As for the Common Application, I don't remember.</p>

<p>Asians are totally considered minorities (as others said ORMs) and are counted in the student of color category.</p>

<p>"Student of color"....I love how they phrase that. Its like colleges are comparing their tans after going to the beach.</p>

<p>ahah yes. then caucasians would also fit into the catergory for "student of color"</p>