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Should We Check the "Asian" Box on Applications?

On the Common Application and many others, there is a check box for identifying the applicant's ethnic group. We have been told that Asian applicants should omit this response since top colleges have so many Asian applicants already. However, it is very easy to tell that we are Chinese simply from our last name. Therefore, if we skip that question, would admission officers think we are not honest?

You are absolutely correct. If you child does not check the "Asian" box on the application, admission officials might suspect that you are trying to "game" the system. As in most things in life, honesty is the best policy here.

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