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Should Adopted Son Self-Identify as Hispanic?

Question: Our son was adopted from Colombia as a baby. We have always considered him to be a "White" person. Is he "Hispanic" or "White" for purposes of the college application? Our surname is not Spanish. We are middle class Americans.

Hispanic applicants get a boost in many college applicant pools. So, because your son is Colombian, he should take advantage of this benefit. If he so chooses, he can use his essay or the "Additional Information" section of his applications to explain his background more specifically.

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