Asian American Applicants Compete Against Asian American Applicants

Asian American Discrimination, Discrimination in Admissions, Ivy League Asian American Discrimination

Asian American applicants have it rough in the college admissions process (photo credit: Derrick Smith).

When Asian American applicants apply to our nation’s most elite institutions, they compete against other Asian American applicants. Now before our readers make a big fuss, know that this is not a unique phenomenon impacting only Asian American applicants. You see, every highly selective college wants a strong percentage of many ethic groups — whether it’s African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American students, among others. African American applicants do compete against other African American applicants. Native American applicants do compete against other Native American applicants. This is how it is. If you don’t like it, we understand. But that doesn’t change the underlying truth.

Asian American Applicants Compete Against Asian American Applicants

Because Asian American applicants — like all ethnic groups — compete in large part against members of their own race in the highly selective college admissions process, it’s important that these students effectively stand out from their competitors. It’s true in college admissions. And, by the way, it’s true in life. Zig when others zag. Present a generic profile at a job interview and you’re unlikely to land a job. Play the violin and compete in mathletes in high school and you’re unlikely to earn admission to Harvard. One of the key reasons why our Asian American students at Ivy Coach are so often able to overcome the general discrimination that Asian American applicants face in admissions is because we help them find their weirdness. We help them realize — and formulate — their zig when others are crafting their boring, commonplace zag.

We Proudly Help Asian American Applicants Overcome Discrimination

If that means that we help Asian American applicants appear less Asian when applying to our nation’s most elite schools, then so be it. Maybe it’s not politically correct to say it. Maybe it doesn’t put a smile on your face. But it ends up putting a smile on the faces of our students when they so often get into their dream schools — and those are the only smiles we darn well care about. We are quite open about how we help Asian American students overcome the discrimination inherent in the college admissions process. In fact, we were cited in the complaint of the Asian American Coalition for Education against Yale University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College to further evidence that these schools discriminate against Asian American applicants.

As cited in the legal filing, “As reported by the Boston Globe, there are college admissions counselors who specialize in helping Asian-American applicants present themselves as non- or less Asian. ‘Brian Taylor is director of Ivy Coach, a Manhattan company that advises families on how to get their students into elite colleges. A number of his clients are Asian American, and Taylor is frank about his strategy for them. ‘While it is controversial, this is what we do,’ he says. ‘We will make them appear less Asian when they apply.'”

What to do our readers think of the discrimination facing Asian American applicants in the admissions process? Let us know your thoughts by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.


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