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College Admissions by Asian Advantage College Consulting

  1. 1. Asian Advantage College Consulting The State of College Admissions An Asian-American Perspective
  2. 2. Recent Developments <ul><li>College Admissions have become a lot more competitive in the last 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Winner-take-all theory means the “flight-to-quality” trend will continue to accelerate </li></ul><ul><li>Recent public school budget cutbacks mean fewer resources for college-bound kids </li></ul><ul><li>Up to one-fourth of elite students now use private college consultants * </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: Business Week, “What Price College Admission?”, June 19, 2006) </li></ul>
  3. 3. More Recent Developments <ul><li>Stanford University received a record 30,349 applicants for 2009, 20% over 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Ivy League schools all report record numbers of applicants for 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The University of California approved a new admissions policy in effect beginning 2012, which will reduce Asian enrollment by 10-20% </li></ul><ul><li>Asian enrollment at elite colleges appears to have been capped in the last decade, despite population gains </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Four Biggest Myths About the College Admissions Process <ul><li>Our college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin </li></ul><ul><li>Our college does not apply any quotas of any type—including race-based ones--for admissions </li></ul><ul><li>Our college has a need-blind admissions policy </li></ul><ul><li>“ Be yourself” when filling out your college application </li></ul>
  5. 5. Myth #1 - Our college does not discriminate… <ul><li>Most admissions officers are white liberals with a penchant for racial and social justice </li></ul><ul><li>All things being equal, the most important factor in college admissions is race </li></ul><ul><li>Asian students face the highest admission standards for all ethnic groups </li></ul>
  6. 6. Myth #2 - Our college does not apply any quotas of any type… <ul><li>Elite colleges have quotas for virtually every race, ethnic and socioeconomic group </li></ul><ul><li>There are also alumni, athletic and geographical quotas </li></ul><ul><li>Stating a major will also place the applicant with a particular bucket or potential quota class </li></ul><ul><li>As a result of quotas, Asian students essentially compete with one another for admission </li></ul>
  7. 7. Myth #3 – Our College Has a Need-Blind Admissions Policy <ul><li>At most elite colleges, nearly half of the students can afford full tuition </li></ul><ul><li>Early Decision and Early Action programs favor students who can afford full tuition </li></ul><ul><li>Wealthy families can buy their way into any college in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Asian students from middle-class families are at a severe disadvantage in the admissions process </li></ul>
  8. 8. Myth #4 – Be Yourself <ul><li>College admissions officers complain about the “one-sided” academic nature of Asian applicants </li></ul><ul><li>Most Asian applicants “look the same” to college admissions officers </li></ul><ul><li>Asian academic ghettos (math, engineering and the sciences) limit Asian educational choices </li></ul><ul><li>Asian academic achievement tends to get overlooked in the application process </li></ul>
  9. 9. What This Means for Asian-American Students <ul><li>A higher standard of admission </li></ul><ul><li>A gauntlet of quotas of every type imaginable (ethnic group, major, high school, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>The formation of self-perpetuating Asian academic ghettos in science, math and engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Fierce competition for admissions slots based primarily on race </li></ul><ul><li>More disappointment than any other racial or ethnic group </li></ul>
  10. 10. Insights from WSJ Reporter Dan Golden, Author of “The Price of Admission” <ul><li>Asians are the “New Jews” </li></ul><ul><li>Asians are the “most disenfranchised group in college admissions today” </li></ul><ul><li>Referred to anything less than an 800 on an SAT as an “Asian Fail” </li></ul><ul><li>Called legacy admissions “Affirmative Action for affluent whites” </li></ul><ul><li>Asian Americans are admitted with a SAT I composite score (1600 max) average of 50 to a 100 points higher than the entering classes average for whites at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT (HYPSM) * </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: The Price of Admission, Daniel Golden) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Did She Really Say That? <ul><li>“ It's possible that Henry Park looked like a thousand other Korean kids with the exact same profile of grades and activities and temperament. [I could] understand why a university would take a celebrity child, legacy, or development admit over yet another textureless math grind.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Marilee Jones, ex-MIT Admissions Director </li></ul><ul><li>on why a Korean-American applicant to Ivy League schools was rejected in favor of less qualified white students </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: The Price of Admission, Daniel Golden) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Did He Really Say That? <ul><li>“ The intention is to broaden black and Latino eligibility. As for the white increases and Asian decreases [in UC enrollment], that is what in the military they call collateral damage .” </li></ul><ul><li>- Jon Reuder, College Counseling Director at SF University High School and ex-Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Stanford explaining how new University of California admissions standards were OK since affected Asian students could go to school elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: InsideHigherEd, “ Unintentional Whitening of U. of California?”, February 5, 2009 ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Did He Say Again? <ul><li>&quot;He (Jon Reider) also said that the bias is real — and cited his experience in his previous job as part of the admissions office at Stanford University. There, he said, the office did a study some years ago in which it compared Asian and white applicants with the same overall academic and leadership rankings. The study was only of “unhooked kids,” meaning those with no extra help for being an alumni child or an athlete. The study found that comparably qualified white applicants were “significantly” more likely to be admitted than their Asian counterparts.&quot; &quot;Stanford’s admissions office responded with some serious self-reflection, he said, and officials now spend some time each year studying different kinds of bias — like letters that compare Asian applicants to other Asians — in an attempt to weed out any unfair judgments.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Reporter Scott Jaschik, on comments by ex-Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Stanford, Jon Reider </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: InsideHigherEd, “ Too Asian? ”, February 10, 2006) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Case Studies <ul><li>Gina Grant (Harvard) – “The Orphan” </li></ul><ul><li>James Hogue a.k.a. Alexi-Indiris Santana (Princeton) – “Hispanic Orphan Runner” </li></ul><ul><li>Azia Kim (Stanford) – The Impostor </li></ul><ul><li>Marilee Jones (MIT) – Ex-MIT admissions Director and academic fraud </li></ul>
  15. 15. What This Means For You <ul><li>Grant – A simple message resonates </li></ul><ul><li>Hogue – Admissions offices will bend over backwards for athletes, URMs </li></ul><ul><li>Kim – In a nutshell, the desperate Asian applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Jones – The prototypical white admissions tyrant </li></ul>
  16. 16. What Colleges Seek in Students <ul><li>In your college portfolio and admissions essays, admissions officers look for 4 distinct qualities, including PASSION. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P assion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you know what the other 3 qualities are? </li></ul>
  17. 17. How Colleges Want to Be Perceived <ul><li>Desired – Hence, their focus on admissions yield and selectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnically Diverse – Which is why they want to limit the number of Asians on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Elite – As a result, money, power, fame and status ultimately drive their admissions process </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant – Can they enroll the next Jerry Yang (Yahoo) or Steve Chen (YouTube)? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Why You Need Asian Advantage <ul><li>To distinguish your application from the thousands of others fitting your profile </li></ul><ul><li>To counter the admitted anti-Asian bias of admissions committees at elite colleges </li></ul><ul><li>To highlight your unique qualities and accomplishments to a skeptical audience </li></ul><ul><li>To push your application over the top, after making it 99% of the way there </li></ul>
  19. 19. What is the Asian Advantage Edge? <ul><li>An admissions strategy that capitalizes on the anti-Asian policies of today’s college admissions process </li></ul><ul><li>A worry-free college selection process that takes the student’s strengths and ambitions into consideration </li></ul><ul><li>A hands-on counseling service that’s always available for guidance during the process </li></ul><ul><li>An essay-writing approach with a focus on countering Asian-American stereotypes </li></ul>
  20. 20. What Asian Advantage Means <ul><li>Experience – Over 20 years of college admissions and counseling experience </li></ul><ul><li>Focus – A practice dedicated towards serving the Asian-American community </li></ul><ul><li>Value – A fair-priced alternative to elite college consultants serving only the wealthy </li></ul><ul><li>Results – An acceptance rate second-to-none </li></ul>

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