Question: My wife's birth certificate lists her father as being Hispanic and she grew up with a Hispanic name. However, she never really knew the man, and was truly raised by an Italian immigrant that she has always considered her true "father". Can my daughter list herself as part Hispanic on her applications? She has never listed herself as Hispanic at any other time in her life. Does it even make a difference?

You've hit a nerve with "the Dean." It drives me crazy that colleges still make decisions based on skin color or ethnicity. But the answer to your question is, YES, your daughter CAN list herself as part Hispanic. And it probably WILL boost her admission odds (depending on where she is applying).

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