Cultural Misunderstanding: Trouble for Asian College Applicants

It is widely believed that American universities “don’t like” Asian applicants. Some people think that U.S. colleges have prejudice against Asian students who, despite high test scores, are not admitted at the rate that Asian families feel they deserve. Even though Asian students are indeed admitted at a rate greater than the proportionate Asian share of the U.S. population, prejudice is perceived, lawsuits are filed, protests and angry commentary persist. When high-scoring Asian students do not achieve desired results, but lower-scoring non-Asian students do receive admissions offers to highly-selective colleges, one should not presume that cultural prejudice exists. Rather, one should cons


There are four kinds of money used to pay for college: cash, loans, financial aid, and scholarships. Scholarships are available yearly and year-round, not just before a student begins college. As a preliminary matter, note that different institutions use terms like “financial aid,” “scholarships” and “grants” interchangeably. To keep things clear, recognize that “financial aid” is based upon the parents’ ability to pay for college. On the other hand, “scholarships” and “grants” are awarded based upon student merit, which often is not measured by grades or test scores. Also differentiate between scholarships extended at the time that a college offers admission, and those that are extended aft
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