- Asian-Americans are NOT underrepresented minorities
- If there are 100 White, 75 Asian, 20 Hispanic, 5 Black students applying to a university, only 33% of the Asian population of students will be offered admission
- Affirmative Action does not imply that unqualified students of ANY race are accepted because they are underrepresented: If you do not qualify, it does not matter if you are White, Black, Asian or Hispanic, you are NOT getting in. Period.
"Basically, the admissions percentage is low for Asians is at least in part because so many college applicants are Asian/Asian American. You can think of it this way: if 50 White students, 25 Asian students and 5 Black students are accepted to a college, but there are 100 White applicants, 75 Asian applicants and 10 Black applicants, your probability of being accepted based on race is as follows: 50% for Whites and Blacks, and only 33% for Asians — even if the absolute number of acceptances are still higher."
"...admissions boards often favour applicants who have acceptable scores but who have also demonstrated a diversity of talents or interests, including music, athleticism, or art."Racialicious is one of my favorite blogs to visit! Especially because only lately have I been really interested in racial backgrounds in relation to academics. I never considered race until I looked at the registration for the MCAT and I thought, "wait, does this mean that if I check the "URM (Underrepresented Minority)" box, I get a better chance of getting into University of Washington?!" NO. It definitely does not mean that. I know I need to prove that I can take on multiple responsibilities, earn excellent grades, show my dedication to my life-long goals...all without faltering under pressure.
"The bottom line is that underrepresented minorities are not skating through the admissions process. Universities will only accept applicants that meet a certain minimum standard for GPA and SAT — so no student, be they Black, White or Asian, accepted into college is actually unqualified. Moreover, the characterization of lower-scoring applicants who are accepted into college based, in part, on affirmative action relies on the assumption that SAT scores directly correlate with success in college life"