Colleges 2000

Statistics from the 2000 America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 1998-99 freshman class.   

school % admitted total applicants number admitted % Asian-Am. in student body
Juilliard School no info no info no info 19*
U.S. Coast Guard Academy      7.2 5,757 415 6
U.S. Air Force Academy 12.1 10,035 1,216 4
Harvard 12.4 16,818 2,086 17
U.S. Military Academy 12.9 12,442 1,611 5
Princeton    13.1 13,006 1,700 13
Stanford 13.3 18,885 2,505 23
Cooper Union 13.3 2,294 305 23
Columbia 14.4 12,251 1,770 14
U.S. Naval Academy 15.8 9,813 1,552 4
Brown 17.1 15,490 2,645 15
Yale 17.6 11,947 2,100 16
CalTech 18.4 2,944 542 24
Swarthmore 19.4 4,585 890 13
Dartmouth 21.5 10,143 2,176 10
MIT 21.8 8,676 1,890 28
Amherst 22.9 4,491 1,030 11
Georgetown 23.5 13,417 3,157 8
Rice 23.6 6,463 1,527 16
Williams 26.4 4,528 1,196 9
Claremont McKenna 27.6 3,043 839 17
U. of Calif. – Berkeley 28.1 30,042 8,443 20
Duke 28.3 13,942 3,943 13
U. of Pennsylvania 29.2 16,658 4,870 19
Bowdoin 31.2 3,821 1,192 8
Average       14.2

*Excludes intl. students.  From March 6, 2000 letter from Ming-Fang Hsieh, Program Coordinator, The Juilliard School, enclosing Fall 1999 enrollment statistics.

6/28/00 e-mail from Richard C. Vos of Claremont McKenna College

Class of 2003 Overall Asian-American
Applicants 2,827   780
Admitted 785 155
Admit rate 27.8% 19.9%
Class of 2004 Overall Asian-American
Applicants 3,043   765
Admitted 850 169
Admit rate 27.9% 22.1%

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

7/13/00 letter from MIT

The statistics for the classes of ’03 and ’04, that you requested, are:

 2003 all Asian-American
applicants   9,136 2,163
admits         1,742 (19%) 456 (21%)
 2004 all Asian-American
applicants   10,679 2,432
admits         1,740 (16%) 506 (21%)

Bette Johnson
Associate Director of Admissions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

When I asked for the number of Asian-American applicants, Stanford sent this 7/5/00 e-mail:
I am sorry, but we do not release that information.
Robert M. Kinnally
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

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

8/7/00 letter from U.S. Naval Academy

I have received your letter of June 25, 2000 requesting information for the classes of 2003 and 2004 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.

Class of 2003 Asians Overall
Applicants 540 10,143
Admitted 49 (9.1%) 1232 (12.1%)
SAT average 1306 1301
Class of 2004 Asians Overall
Applicants 549 10,298
Admitted 49 (8.9%) 1224 (11.9%)
SAT average 1316 1305

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

6/28/00 e-mail from University of Pennsylvania

I’m afraid we don’t have a breakdown of test scores and grades of specific groups within our applicants. Our average SAT I score of accepted students is approximately 1400 and most accepted students were in the top 2 – 5% of their high school classes.

Penn Admissions

6/28/00 e-mail from Williams

Connie Sheehy of our admissions office forwarded to me your request for information on admissions statistics specifically related to the acceptance rate at Williams College for Asian-American students.  While we recognize your interest in this issue, it is the practice of Williams College not to release admissions information to the general public on any specific subgroup group of students, regardless of whether that subgroup is defined by race, ethnicity, income, extracurricular pursuits, type of high school, or any other factor. As such, we are unable to comply with your request.

Rick Myers
Associate Provost



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