Being Asian May Count Against You When Applying to Ivy League Schools

Caltech's Asian growth rate accurately reflects the growth rate of the Asian-American population.

As college applicants eagerly await notification letters from their top-choice colleges, they may be thinking about the factors colleges will be considering when choosing to accept or reject a student. When it comes to Ivy League schools, a new factor in the decision-making process is getting lots of attention. According to this article in the New York Times, being Asian may count against you:

"Just as their predecessors of the 1920s always denied the existence of “Jewish quotas,” top officials at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League schools today strongly deny the existence of “Asian quotas.” But there exists powerful statistical evidence to the contrary."

The California Institute of Technology, which follows a race-neutral admissions policy, has seen its enrollment of Asian-Americans grow parallel to the growth of the Asian-American population while other Ivy League schools have remained largely similar over time.

 

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