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The College Admissions Game, Part 8: The Interview

One part of the college admissions process that you may encounter is the interview. Some colleges require it, while two out of the three high schools that Number One Son applied to required interviews. Although The Daughter did not have … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 7: Applications

Stories about caps on the number of Asian Americans admitted to elite universities might make a student applying for college wonder if he or she should check the box for Asian American.  That applicant might balk at applying to many … Continue reading

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Admissions Discrimination Investigation Against Harvard and Princeton Closed After Complaint Withdrawn

An investigation into whether Harvard and Princeton’s admissions discriminate against Asian Americans has been dropped after the complaint by an Indian American student in California was withdrawn. The student and his family have not said why the complaints were withdrawn. … Continue reading

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U.S. Education Department Investigating Harvard and Princeton for Discrimination against APAs

An Indian American student has triggered an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights into discrimination by Harvard and Princeton University against Asian Americans. Studies from Princeton itself conclude that Asian Americans need higher test scores … Continue reading

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Is Foreign Tuition Money Squeezing Out Asian American College Students?

One of the predictions from the admissions officer who spoke at The Daughter’s High School was that as public universities get their funding cut, they will seek to increase revenue by recruiting more out of state students who can pay … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 4: The School Visit

I selected colleges to apply to without ever visiting most of them.  I even decided which one to attend without visiting the ones that accepted me. Looking back, I was pretty lucky that I ended up with a good experience. … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 3: An Admissions Officer Speaks

College admissions officers have been criticized about things like caps on Asians Americans and decisions about who gets in and who does not. But what do they really think?  The Daughter’s high school held a session where a college admissions … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 2: Race and School Selection

“I don’t want to go there – it’s too Asian!” That is the last thing I wanted to hear from the Daughter. Doesn’t she know I write for a blog on Asian American issues, and now she is going all … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 1: Picking Schools

As we prepared to leave The Daughter to start her freshman year of college, she started crying. The Wife started crying also.  I was mostly numb as I wondered, how did we get to this point?  Is this the culmination … Continue reading

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When Strict Parenting Becomes An Educational Hindrance

Every summer, I coach volleyball at a sports clinic at my children’s school. Over the years, I noticed a Vietnamese boy in Number One Son’s class who would attend the sports clinic but never played on any of the school … Continue reading

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Why Harvard Wasn’t For Me

With all the high school seniors going off to college and the inspiring article by George Chen giving great advice to others about college admissions, I thought I would share my own college choice story. Unlike the tiger daughter with … Continue reading

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UC Admissions Policy Change and Asian-Americans: Controversy over Simulations

“Dad, I have to sign up for the SAT II tests!” The Daughter was annoyed that she still had to take the SAT subjects tests (formerly known as the SAT II tests), as the University of California’s elimination of the … Continue reading

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