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Chances of Asian getting into diversity fly ins

accipitriaccipitri Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
So I've found that many of the top colleges offer a "fly-in" which covers for nearly all related costs for you to visit their campus and if you were to accepted in one, it does slightly boost your chance of getting accepted (and for few colleges like Williams, it's near guaranteed acceptance). I know for a fact that WOW had accepted Asian students who are not socioeconomically disadvantaged in the past, but I'm wondering if other programs, like John Hop's HOME, MIT's WISE, and Pomona's POP are also like that or if they are more exclusively targeted toward a certain race judging by the pictures they show on the websites. Should I still bother taking the time to apply to these even though I am Asian? I am a low income student and qualify for free lunch, if that makes any difference.

Replies to: Chances of Asian getting into diversity fly ins

  • RichInPittRichInPitt Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    Both the MIT WISE and Pomona POP specifically enumerate socioeconomic disadvantaged candidates separately from ethnic/racial groups. Johns Hopkins only calls out "multicultural" and "different backgrounds and experiences", so it's a bit less clear.

    Unless the application process is onerous, I don't see why not.
  • PepperJoPepperJo Registered User Posts: 242 Junior Member
    You should examine the CDS for each school with a diversity/fly-in program that you are interested in attending. As a low income Asian applicant, (assuming stats are in line), you might be a very appealing applicant for many LACs, especially Williams.
  • duhherroduhherro Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Are you southeast Asian by any chance?
  • Waiting2exhaleWaiting2exhale Registered User Posts: 2,898 Senior Member

    You are not knocked out of contention for inclusion by being Asian.

    Sounds like your application (you sound earnest) would be greatly welcome by the college fly-in programs. Make sure you need the deadlines and give considered, thoughtful responses. No need to wow them with your national awards ad nauseum; make a mention, but dig deep into letting them see who you are and how you think.

  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,896 Senior Member
    The further off the beaten path you go, the better your odds. This is true of the literal beaten path (look at rural schools, especially outside of the Northeast) as well as the figurative beaten path (less famous/ultraselective schools).
  • accipitriaccipitri Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    No, I am not. I'm an East Asian like the usual.

    @RichInPitt @PepperJo @Waiting2exhale @Hanna
    Thank you all for the encouragement! I definitely will apply to the fly-in programs. I feel like they are especially important for me because the only out-of-state universities I've visited are Stanford (because it was the only private top tier school we could drive to) and UCLA (school field trip), so I actually have very little idea about how the colleges function. Even within the state, I've only seen UW and CWU since they are close and I have to go to them for my extracurricular activities. I've also been to East Coast once so I actually have no clue about how the Eastern schools might be different from the Western ones in terms of culture and etc. Hopefully my stats and essays will be good enough.
  • yikesyikesyikesyikesyikesyikes Forum Champion U. Michigan Posts: 1,949 Forum Champion
    edited May 16
    Being East Asian in and of itself will very likely not count for diversity, as you are a over-represented group (along with South Asians) in most of those schools you mentioned. Some APIAs are part of these programs, but they are largely of the Pacific Islander ethnicity (particularly indigenous peoples of Oceania).
  • Waiting2exhaleWaiting2exhale Registered User Posts: 2,898 Senior Member
    @accipitri: Are you a first-in-your-family-to-college student? Would you be the only one to actually receive a degree were you to graduate?

    Focusing on the income and family life factors of 'underrepresented', answering yes to either of those questions keeps you in contention for being a candidate accepted into the fly-in programs.
  • accipitriaccipitri Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Unfortunately, no. Both parents went to some random colleges in S Korea and both got bachelors.
  • writingpumpkin03writingpumpkin03 Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    I think you fit the criteria for WOW.
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