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.

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.

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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