Colleges 1999

Statistics from the 1999 America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 1997-98 freshman class.   

Dartmouth, MIT, Middlebury, Stanford, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the University of California at Berkeley have produced admission statistics for Asian-Americans.  Harvard responded but did not produce any statistics.  The schools’ responses appear below the table. 

The percentage of Asian-Americans at these colleges is below the average, and they did not produce admission statistics: Julliard, Princeton, Amherst, Georgetown, Swarthmore, Williams, and Duke.  What are they hiding?  Are they discriminating against Asian-Americans?

school % admitted total applicants number admitted % Asian-Am. in student body
Juilliard School 8.1 1,522 123 11
U.S. Coast Guard Academy      8.7 5,437 471 5
Princeton    12.86 13,399 1,723 13
Harvard 12.97 16,597 2,153 18
Cooper Union 13.3 2,173 290 24
U.S. Military Academy 13.6 11,808 1,609 5
U.S. Naval Academy 14.3 10,119 1,447 4
U.S. Air Force Academy 15.1 9,802 1,485 4
Stanford 15.4 16,842 2,596 22
Columbia 17.4 11,192 1,943 no info
Yale 17.8 12,046 2,144 16
Brown 17.9 14,900 2,670 15
Amherst 19.9 5,210 1,039 12
Georgetown 21.4 13,712 2,928 8
Dartmouth 21.6 10,647 2,296 9
CalTech 22.6 2,389 540 27
Swarthmore 23.3 4,270 994 12
MIT 24.7 7,836 1,938 28
Williams 25.5 4,537 1,159 9
Rice 27.4 6,375 1,748 15
Northwestern 29.4 16,673 4,909 17
Duke 30.1 13,362 4,024 13
Middlebury 31.0 4,741 1,471 3
U. of Calif. – Berkeley 31.1 27,151 8,450 39
U. of Pennsylvania 31.2 15,464 4,828 19
Average       14.5

8/23/99 e-mail from Dartmouth

Thank you for you inquiry about the admission of Asian American students at Dartmouth.

We do not keep most of the statistics you requested but I can provide the following: For the Class of 2003, which will enter in September, 1999 10,260 students applied, 2,131 were admitted, and 1,059 will matriculate. For Asian American students in this same class 1,047 applied, 298 were admitted, and 117 will matriculate.

As you can see from this data Asian American students make up 11 percent of the Dartmouth undergraduate population. Further, Asian American students are admitted at a rate of 28.4 percent, compared to an overall rate of admission of 20.8 percent for the entire applicant pool.

I trust these figures clearly demonstrate that Dartmouth has a large pool of Asian American students and that they are well represented in the student body at Dartmouth.

Best wishes,
Karl Furstenberg
Dean of Admissions
Dartmouth College

9/23/99 letter from Harvard

Thank you for your letter of August 16th.  In response to your queries, I am enclosing a profile of the Class of 2003, the current freshman class.  We do not make available to the public such data as the number of applicants in each ethnic category nor do we make public their average SAT scores or average grade point averages.  I hope this information is helpful to you.  With best wishes.

Margot Hsu Carroll
Senior Admissions Officer

8/25/99 e-mail from MIT

Here are the number of applicants and admits for MIT entry 1998 (class of 2002):

  all Asian-American
applicants   8,676 2,113
admits         1,878 541

Bette Johnson
Associate Director of Admissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

8/17/99 e-mail from Middlebury

Middlebury College is pleased to furnish the information that you have requested regarding Asian- American admissions at Middlebury. For the Class of 2002, we received a total of 4436 applications, of which we admitted 1412 (31.8%). For this same class, we received a total of 117 applications from Asian-Americans, of which we admitted 85 (72.6%). As you can see from these figures, we were more than twice as likely to admit an Asian-American applicant than the average applicant. Middlebury College does not require the SAT I test, so we do not publish those scores. I hope this information is useful to you. Please respond if you have received this message. Thank you.

Michael Schoenfeld
Dean of Enrollment Planning

8/23/99 letter from Stanford

Here are the statistics for the Class of 2003 that you requested.

  Overall Asian-American
Applicants 17,919   no info
Admitted 2,689 657
Admit rate 15% 24% of 2,689

Asian-Americans in student body: 23%

Vivian Berry
Associate Dean
Dir. of Administration and Technology

9/9/99 letter from U.S. Air Force Academy

Thank you for your letter regarding the statistics on the number of Asian-American applicants to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) for the class of 2002.

Please be aware the United States Air Force Academy has a different admissions system than other selective universities.  We are required under Title 10 of the U.S. Code to accept students from each state as nominated by their congressmen and state senators.  Thus other highly selective schools may rely primarily upon grade point averages and standardized test scores and select only those students with the highest overall GPAs and standardized test scores.  However, USAFA must select the best qualified students within each congressional district, so long as they meet the minimum entrance requirement standards.  Standards established include medical requirements and the ability to pass a strenuous physical fitness exam.  Accepting students from each state does impact the average GPA and standardized scores overall at USAFA.  It should also be noted that the Academy does not give preferential consideration to any minority group in terms of admission; each student is looked at based upon merit and nomination from an authorized source.

The data requested is as follows:

Class of 2002 Asians All applicants
Total applicants    465 10,402
Total offered appointment  61 (13.2%)    1,580 (15.2%)
High School GPA 3.75 3.69
SAT Verbal   662 634
SAT Math 623 610

Should you require any additional information, please contact Lieutenant Colonal Bernard W. Asiu, Institutional Research and Assessment, at (719) 333-2587.

Thomas G. Rackley
Colonel, USAF            

Excerpts from 9/29/99 e-mail from
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

The following are statistics from our last two entering classes the below numbers are the numbers of Asian-Americans that applied/were selected/enrolled v. the entire population. I hope that you find this
information useful.

Class of 2002 Asian-American Overall Percentage
Applied   229 5757 4.0%
Selected 19   409   4.6%  
Enrolled  14   266   5.3%  
Class of 2003 Asian-American Overall Percentage
Applied   193 5457 3.5%
Selected 19 522 3.6%
Enrolled  12 326   3.7%

I believe that the above statistics address your concerns. We do not keep statistics in the format that you requested, so I have included some other information that I hope you find helpful.  Our overall SAT average is 1257, and our ACT average is 27.  We do not use GPA’s directly in our admissions process, instead, we use high school class rank’s.  For our freshman class 47% of our entering class was in the top 10% of their high school class.  100% of our entering class was in the top 50% of their high school class.  50% of our entering class were varsity sport team captains in high school, and 75% participated in a varsity sport.

The Coast Guard Academy continuously seeks to maintain and increase it’s ethnic diversity and I would personally appreciate if you were to use your resources to advertise the Coast Guard Academy to your community.  We are a small military/engineering college located in New London, CT.  Our graduates serve the country through a variety of exciting missions like search and rescue, illegal drug and migrant interdiction, fisheries protection, aids to navigation, and marine environmental protection.

If you like I would be happy to supply some of our informational materials to any address you indicate. Please reply to this e-mail with an address that you would like them sent to.

LTJG Dulani Woods
Admissions Division
Admissions Processing Branch Chief

8/26/99 e-mail from U.S. Military Academy

You recently requested data on Asian-American cadets at the United States Military Academy. Attached to his note is an excel spreadsheet which provides the information. Be sure to read the footnotes carefully, particularly those explaining our GPA computation.

Also, we reviewed your website and the data you display for years prior to this. We pointed out last year at this time that there were some significant errors in the data relating to USMA. We note that the same errors remain. I will send you next week the accurate figures for classes that you list prior to 2002.

Kerry Pierce
Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Analysis
U.S. Military Academy

MAJ David N. Fralen
Chief, Institutional Research & Analysis
U.S. Military Academy

Selected statistics from the extensive info furnished:

Class of 2002 Asian-Americans Overall
Applicants    547 (4.4%) 12,423
Admitted  74 (4.6%)    1,612
Enrolled 65 (5.2%) 1,246
Applicants’ avg. SAT Verbal   583 574
Applicants’ avg. SAT Math 636 595

9/1/99 letter from U.S. Naval Academy

I have received your letter of August 16, 1999 requesting information for the class of 2002 at the Naval Academy.  I am able to provide all the information you desire with the exception of average high school GPA.  The Naval Academy considers individual GPA’s during the admission process but does not calculate average GPA’s for segments of the incoming class.

  Asians Overall
Applicants 541 9813
Admitted 59 (10.9%) 1231 (12.5%)
SAT average 1326 1304

While SAT scores are important in helping a candidate’s eligibility for admission, it is only one of a number of pieces of information considered.   The Naval Academy Admissions Board utilizes the “whole person” concept to evaluate a candidate’s potential for success at the Naval Academy.  Each candidate’s high school academic record, SAT scores, athletics, teacher recommendations, Blue and Gold Officer interviews and, if applicable, prior armed forces service are considered by the Admissions Board.  In addition, each candidate must be medically qualified and have passed the physical aptitude exam.  By considering all of this information, the Board is better able to predict a candidate’s chances of successfully completing four years at the Academy with follow on service as a Navy or Marine Corps officer.

In addition to the requirements listed above, each applicant must obtain a nomination in order to receive an appointment to the Naval Academy.  Applicants to the Naval Academy generally receive a nomination from one of four sources, Presidential, Secretary of the Navy, Congressional or Congressionally qualified alternate.  The nomination process is governed by Title 10 of the United States Code and ensures that all service academies are reflective of the geographic diversity of the United States.

I hope this information has been helpful and answered your questions.  Thank you again for your interest in the Naval Academy.

David A. Vetter
Dean of Admissions

Excerpts from 9/22/99 letter from the University of California at Berkeley

I am writing in response to your letter of August 16, 1999 requesting information about Asian-American applicants to the University of California, Berkeley which would be used by you to determine whether allegations are true that some schools discriminate against Asian- Americans by limiting the number they accept.  I appreciate your letter because it gives me the opportunity to assure you that Berkeley has never had quotas for any racial or ethnic group.

The University of California, Berkeley, Office of Undergraduate Admission and Relations with Schools underwent a six and one-half year full compliance review conducted by the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, culminating in March 1996.  The findings of that review were that Berkeley in no way discriminates against any racial or ethnic group and that we conduct an exemplary freshman admission process.

Due to the highly competitive nature of Berkeley’s freshman applicant pool, thousands of students who have excellent academic credentials and personal attributes are unfortunately denied admission.  In fall 1998, Berkeley received 30,042 applications for freshman admission.  Of that number, 13,696 applications were from students with a 4.0 or better grade point average – more than 5,000 over the total number of spaces available.  Of the total number of freshman applications, 19,293 were from students who scored more than 1200 on the SAT I test – more than 10,500 over the total number of spaces available.

In order to select the 8,443 students admitted from the very strong applicant pool, every application was read individually at least two times.   A wide range of factors were considered annd I have enclosed a copy of a flyer, Freshman Admission, which will provide more information on the process that was used.

Attached is a chart which shows the percentages of Freshman applicants, admitted and enrolled students, new undergraduates and all undergraduates on the Berkeley campus, by ethnicity for fall 1998.

Percentage of Freshman Applicants, Admits and Enrolled Students, New Undergraduates and All Undergraduates, Fall 1998, University of California, Berkeley (Percentages do not include international students)

  Freshman Applicants Admits Enrolled New Under- grads All Under- grads
African-Am 4.4 3 3.4 3.3 5.4
Am Indian 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.5 1
Asian 32.6 35.5 40 36.5 38.3
Filipino 3.8 2.4 2.8 2.8 2.6
Hispanic 11.1 7.9 7.4 7.9 11.7
White 31.4 33.8 29.9 31.3 31.3
Other 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.6 1.8
No data 14.6 15.7 14.8 16.1 7.9
  100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

For fall 1998, the range of SAT I test scores (middle 50% of students) for the verbal part of the test was 600-710 and for the math portion, 630-740.  In that same year, the combined mean recentered SAT I score for Asians was 1360.  I do not have data by ethnicity on the middle 50% range.  The University of California requires three additional SAT II subject tests for freshman admission.   The average high school grade point average for all freshmen in fall 1998 was 3.89: for Asians the average was 3.92.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Bob Laird


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