Statistics from the 2011 America’s Best Colleges
by U.S. News & World Report for 2009-10 freshman class.
|School||% accepted||total applicants||number accepted||% Asian-Am. in student body|
|Juilliard School||No info||No info||No info||No info|
|U.S. Naval Academy||9.54||15,342||1,464||4|
|U.S. Military Academy||14.77||11,107||1,640||7|
|U.S. Air Force Academy||16.84||9,897||1,667||8|
|U. of Pennsylvania||17.71||22,808||4,040||19|
|Washington & Lee||19.98||6,222||1,181||4|
*decrease from prior year
11/10/10 FoxNews.com: “Get Your Affirmative Action Cupcakes Here!”
By John Stossel
This week, I held a bake sale — a racist bake sale. I stood in midtown Manhattan shouting, “Cupcakes
for sale.” My price list read:
Asians — $1.50
Whites — $1.00
Blacks/Latinos — 50 cents
People stared. One yelled, “What is funny to you about people who are less privileged?” A black
woman said, angrily, “It’s very offensive, very demeaning!” One black man accused me of poisoning the
I understand why people got angry. What I did was hurtful to some. My bake sale mimicked what some
conservative college students did at Bucknell University. The students wanted to satirize their school’s
affirmative action policy, which makes it easier for blacks and Hispanics to get admitted.
I think affirmative action is racism — and therefore wrong. If a private school like Bucknell wants to have
such policies to increase diversity, fine. But government-imposed affirmative action is offensive. Equality
before the law means government should treat citizens equally.
But it doesn’t. Our racist government says that any school receiving federal tax dollars, even if only in
the form of federal aid to students, must comply with affirmative action rules, and some states have
enacted their own policies.
Advocates of affirmative action argue it is needed because of historic discrimination. Maybe that was
true in 1970, but it’s no longer true. Affirmative action is now part of the minority special privilege
machine, an indispensable component of which is perpetual victimhood.
All the Bucknell students wanted was a campus discussion about that. Why not? A university is
supposed to be a place for open discussion, but some topics are apparently off-limits. On my Fox
Business show this week, I’ll discuss this with a member of the Bucknell Conservative Club who
participated in the bake sale.
About an hour after the students began their “affirmative action” sale, the associate dean of students
shut it down. He said it was because the prices charged were different from those listed on the
permissions application. An offer to change the prices was rejected. Then the club’s application to
hold another sale was rejected. Ironically, the associate dean said it would violate the schools
nondiscrimination policy! He would authorize a debate on affirmative action, but nothing else.
How ridiculous! Fortunately, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has come to
the students’ defense:
“Using this absurd logic, Bucknell would have to require its College Democrats to say nothing
political on campus unless they give equal time to Republican candidates at their events, or its Catholic
Campus Ministry to remain silent about abortion unless it holds a debate and invites pro-choice
activists to speak,” FIRE’s Adam Kissel said. “While students are free to host debates, they must not
be required to provide a platform for their ideological opponents. Rather, those opponents must be
free to spread their own messages and host their own events.”
Right. My affirmative action cupcake “event” led to some interesting discussions. One young woman
began by criticizing me, “It’s absolutely wrong.”
But after I raised the parallel with college admissions, she said: “No race of people is worth more
than another. Or less.”
But do you believe in affirmative action in colleges? I asked.
“I used to,” she replied.
Those are the kind discussions students should have.
Affirmative action wasn’t the only issue that brought conservative Bucknell students grief. When
they tried to protest President Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” spending last year by handing out
fake dollar bills, the school stopped them for violating rules against soliciting! According to FIRE,
Bucknell’s solicitation policy covers only sales and fundraising, which the students were not engaged
in, but the school rejected the students’ appeal, saying permission was needed to distribute “anything,
from Bibles to other matter.”
Absurd! The Bucknell administration tells me it stopped the anti-stimulus protest because the
students had not registered to use that busy campus space. FIRE disputes that.
“Distributing protest literature is an American free-speech tradition that dates to before the founding
of the United States,” Kissel said. “Why is Bucknell so afraid of students handing out ‘Bibles [or] other
matter’ that might provide challenging perspectives? Colleges are supposed to be marketplaces of
ideas, but Bucknell is betraying this ideal.”
It is, indeed. Why are America’s institutions of higher learning so fearful?
John Stossel is host of “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network.
6/15/11 The Cornell Daily Sun: “Police Arrest Teenager for Alleged West Campus Assault,”
By Juan Forrer
Cornell University Police arrested and charged Viktor P. Nikulin, 19, Tuesday for what police say
may have been a racially motivated assault against an Asian male who was riding his bicycle on
On June 5, three individuals in a vehicle yelled racial epithets at a student  of Asian descent
riding his bicycle on College Avenue near the intersection of Campus Road, police said. The vehicle
followed the victim onto West Avenue where Nikulin allegedly exited the vehicle and assaulted him.
The victim was treated for injuries at Cayuga Medical Center and released.
Nikulin, who is not a Cornell student, was arraigned Tuesday in the City of Ithaca Court and
released on his own recognizance. Cornell Police have been in discussions with the Tompkins
County District Attorney’s office to determine whether the assault can be prosecuted as a hate crime.
Chief of Police Kathy Zoner said that CUPD, working through leads from witnesses, contacted
Nikulin and asked him to come into Barton Hall, where he was arrested.
While police initially reported four individuals in the vehicle, the description of the incident was
later revised to only three people.
The other two individuals in the vehicle have not been charged, Zoner said. It will be up to the
District Attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the other two individuals, she said.
President David Skorton and Susan Murphy ’73, vice president of student and academic services,
condemned the attack in a statement issued June 8.
“We are relieved to report that the victim of this incident is expected to recover fully, we are
dismayed that such an incident should have occurred at all in our community,” Skorton and Murphy
said in the joint statement.
6/16/11 by Asian Pacific Americans for Action
Collaborative Statement in Regards to Recent Assault of Asian American Student
On Sunday evening, June 5, 2011, while riding his bicycle, a student of Asian descent was subject
to racial epithets by four subjects in a vehicle and was later physically assaulted by one of the four subjects
as the others watched. Such reprehensible actions by those four subjects promote violence and animosity
as solutions to personal insecurity, and the fact that this led to a member of our community being injured
must be addressed.
The victim was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of his injuries after being subject to
assault of the third degree. Third degree assault is defined as recklessly engaging in conduct that creates
a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to another person, and it is a class A misdemeanor.
Fortunately, the victim fully recovered and was released the same day. The assault case will be referred to
the Tompkins County District Attorney’ s Office to determine if it meets the legal standards of a hate crime.
A hate crime is defined by federal law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is
motivated by prejudice against someone’ s race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, or physical or mental disability.
By implicitly threatening the victim’ s emotional and physical safety, the perpetrators demonstrate a
clear disregard for humanity and social respect. Their actions, which seem to portray an element of racial
bias, essentially ignore the historical legacy of oppression and discrimination faced by communities of
On the Cornell campus, the year 2000 saw the assault and harassment of six Asian/Asian American
students within the span of two weeks. “The most prominent bias-related incidents involved women of
Asian descent being targeted for verbal, physical, and sexual attacks” (National Asian Pacific American
Legal Consortium, 2001). Such undertones of racist tendencies destroy the sense of safety and
acceptance that should be felt in any institution of higher education, and is unacceptable.
It is the responsibility of Cornell to inform our community on what has happened, and ensuring that
incidents like these do not occur again is the responsibility of the entire Cornell community. For more
information on this particular incident and on Anti-Asian hate crime in general, please see links below.
The content of this public statement reflects the opinion of the executive board members of
independent student organizations Asian & Asian American Forum (AAAF), Asian Pacific Americans
for Action (APAA), and Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU) and only these
individuals. We, in no way, are trying to represent the larger Asian American and Asian community at
Cornell, nor any other student organizations besides AAAF, APAA, and CAPSU.
Asian & Asian American Forum Executive Board Members
Johnny Li, Aminta Liu, Riemann Fang, Ling Shen, Timothy Lin, Shinggo Lu, Tommy Li, Chris Du
Asian Pacific Americans for Action Executive Board Members
Elaine Lin, Siobhan Lee, Vernice Arahan, Nora Ng-Quinn, Angela Sun
Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union Executive Board Members
Sharon Lau, Donovan Trieu, Megan Lam, Bryan Cheah, Lei Liu, Karin Zhu, Dennis Liu, Wei Yang,
5/12/11 Harvard Crimson: “Higher Yield Means Few Waitlist Admissions,”
By Justin C. Worland
The yield for Harvard College’s class of 2015 increased to nearly 77 percent, up slightly from
75.5 percent last year, the University announced Thursday. Harvard’s yield, which measures what
percentage of accepted students choose to attend, is typically among the highest in the nation.
The new class is currently 9.8 percent African American, 18.9 percent Asian American,
10.3 percent Latino, and 1.6 percent Native American.
Nearly 12 percent of the incoming students are citizens of other countries, making it the most
international class in the history of the College.
3/31/11 Harvard Gazette: “An unprecedented admissions year,”
Nearly 35,000 students applied to Harvard College this year for admission to the Class of 2015
entering in August. Letters of admission (and email notifications) were sent on March 30 to 2,158
students, 6.2 percent of the record pool of 34,950. The admitted class is 17.8 percent Asian-American.
3/18/11 MIT The Tech: “Class of 2015 admission rate sinks to 9.6 percent,”
On Monday, MIT celebrated pi day by granting admission to 1,715 high school seniors. Despite an
increase in class size to 1,120 — up by about 60 from the current freshman class size — the class of
2015’s admission rate was a staggeringly low 9.6 percent. With 17,909 applications overall, the
admissions office saw an 8 percent increase in applications from last year, driving the admit rate down
from last year’s 9.7 percent.
American, 34 percent Caucasian, 15 percent Hispanic, 1 percent Native American, plus 8 percent
international. Including U.S. citizens who are living abroad, 13 percent of 2015 students don’t live in the
U.S. The class of 2014 is 39 percent Caucasian, 26 percent Asian American, 13 percent Hispanic,
9 percent African American, and 1 percent Native American.
3/30/11 The Daily Princetonian: “University admits 8.39 percent for Class of 2015,”
The University has accepted 8.39 percent of applicants for the Class of 2015, a slight increase of
0.21 percent over the initial admit rate last year. Out of a record-high 27,189 applications, 2,282 were
accepted and an additional 1,248 were placed on a wait list.
The racial and ethnic backgrounds of accepted students remained nearly constant compared with
the Class of 2014, with the percentage of students identifying as black or African-American declining
from 9.4 to 9.1, the percentage of those identifying as Hispanic or Latino declining from 10.0 to 9.8
and the percentage of those identifying as Asian increasing from 21.5 to 22.0. The percentage of
females accepted declined from 50.0 to 49.3, and international students make up 10.3 percent of the
admitted class, the same proportion as last year.
4/18/2011 Los Angeles Daily News: “UCLA offers admission to 15,560 prospective freshman;
Los Angeles – UCLA offered admission to 15,560 prospective freshman for fall 2011, out of a
record 61,515 applicants, the university announced today.
Of the admitted applicants, 44.9 percent are Asian/Asian-American, 32.1 percent are white,
5.5 percent are Latino/Chicano, 3.4 percent are black and 0.6 percent are Native American.
The prospective freshmen have an average GPA of 4.3.
About one-third of the prospective freshmen are expected to actually enroll. The deadline for
enrollment is May 1. According to the university, the freshman class is expected to be the largest
ever at UCLA and will include a larger number of non-resident students.
Non-California residents pay roughly $34,500 in tuition, while residents pay about $11,600.
More than 10,000 of the admitted students have already been notified that they are eligible for
financial aid, according to the university.
Across the UC system, 10.7 percent of those offered admission are from outside California,
compared to 8.7 percent last year and 7.6 percent the year before.
International students make up 7.4 percent of the group, up from 5.3 percent last year and
4 percent in 2009.
3/22/11 Inside Higher Ed: “The Mocked Minority”
by Allie Grasgreen
When a University of California at Los Angeles student, in a video she posted online, used
a mock foreign language to imitate Asian students talking loudly in the library, she probably
didn’t think twice about it. But for many, that moment — along with others in the video — was yet
another illustration of students’ willingness to openly criticize their Asian peers.
And while UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block acted swiftly by issuing a statement and video
saying the young woman’s speech “has no place at UCLA,” the reality is that it’s commonplace.
The reputation of Asian Americans as a “model minority” has long plagued students of that
ethnicity. They have said that professors hold them to higher standards. Affirmative action
debates often touch on the fear that without the policy, students of Asian descent would replace
other minority populations on campuses.
And satirical articles in student newspapers have mocked studious Asians in very public
fashion. (The student newspaper at the University of Colorado at Boulder suspended its opinion
section and pledged to undergo sensitivity and diversity training three years ago, after it
published an anti-Asian satire.)
“Incidents of bigotry and racism against Asians are too often overlooked and dismissed,”
Robert T. Teranishi, author of Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in
American Higher Education, wrote in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed. “I would like to see the
university provide the space and resources for the campus community to come together to talk
about and find solutions for this incident, rather than having this conflict just play out in the media.”
Students and others who take issue with the video have posted hundreds of comments on
Facebook, Twitter and news articles. The video’s creator, a white student named Alexandra
Wallace, last week issued a statement to the UCLA student newspaper, The Daily Bruin,
apologizing for the “inappropriate” video.
“I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it,
I would,” she said.
One commenter on the Bruin website wrote, “As a recent alumnus, this story really is
embarrassing…. I do not wish to see Ms. Wallace’s academic future end prematurely, but UCLA
must protect its reputation by setting an example.”
Block is also getting an earful on his Facebook page. One student wrote, “I’m applying to
colleges next year and I was a little nervous to apply to UCLA. But knowing that you guys
accepted the brilliant mind that is Alexandra Wallace, I’m not that nervous anymore!”
A Japanese student trying to transfer to UCLA echoed the comments of many other Asian
students, though: “The video did make me mad when I first saw it,” she wrote. “But let’s grow
up here. She is just very ignorant and everybody makes mistakes.”
UCLA said last week that Wallace would not be disciplined because her actions did not violate
the student code of conduct, but the next day she announced in a letter to the newspaper that she
would withdraw from the university, saying she had received death threats and her family had
been harassed, as well.
“In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community
and the entire Asian culture,” Wallace wrote, adding that her “mistake” has led to her being
“ostracized from an entire community.”
Experts acknowledge that many students feel more comfortable mocking their Asian peers
because they are billed as overachievers, and their success in college may make it seem like
they haven’t faced the historical oppression that black students have. According to the National
Center for Education Statistics, Asians and Pacific Islanders tied with Hispanics for the fastest
rates of growth in undergraduate fall enrollment from 1976-2008. And in 2008, about 52 percent
of Asian and Pacific Islander adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to
33 percent of white adults.
Those outcomes are relatively well-known. But for those same experts, this video illustrated
the other, less talked-about stereotypes that cling to Asian students – and make their white
classmates comfortable documenting insults of an entire ethnic group, for the whole world to see.
For Joe R. Feagin, a sociology professor at Texas A&M University and co-author of The Myth
of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, Wallace made a blatant statement that
Asian students are separate from — and less important than — white students.
“A key part of the stereotyping of Asians and Asian Americans is their foreignness,” Feagin
said. “She makes the point that not only are Asians and Asian-Americans stereotyped and
evaluated from the old, white vs. others — you know, racial framing — but they also face this
dimension of not being American. That is, foreign vs. American.”
Warren J. Blumenfeld, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Iowa State
University and faculty director of Iowa State’s Dialogues on Diversity program, said this xenophobia
stems from daily public discourse surrounding the same issues. “What I saw in the video itself was
a frustration that I’ve been seeing within the society in general,” Blumenfeld said. “There’s a lot,
really, that’s going on in that two-minute video that is deeply troubling, but unfortunately reflects
what we’re being taught by the larger culture, to call into question anything that seems to be
different — quote unquote, foreign.”
As examples, Blumenfeld pointed to immigration debates in the Southwest, where Hispanics —
many of whom are legal American citizens — are often painted as criminals. These questions
come up in the top echelons of politics, too: the presidential contender Mike Huckabee was
criticized this month when he mistakenly proclaimed that President Obama’s world views had
been shaped by his childhood in Kenya. (Obama first visited Kenya when he was in his twenties.)
And predictions that China already is or is becoming the dominant world economic powerhouse
are scaring many people — including young men and women preparing to enter the job market —
into believing Americans from abroad are forcing them out of college or a career.
“In higher education, I see this — the targeting of Asian students as being basically a privileged
group, a group that is taking over the university system. So I don’t think it was a coincidence that
she was specifically targeting Asian students and no other specific group,” Blumenfeld said.
He described a recent interaction with a student on the bus who said Iowa State is accepting
too many Asian students, that they’re everywhere on campus (despite the fact that Iowa State’s
student body is 80 percent white). “I see these kinds of, not just frustrations but reactions, against
international students all the time,” he said.
In the video, Wallace says, “Ohhhhh, ching chong ling long ting tong, ohhhhh,” when imitating
students on cell phones in the library, and repeatedly uses terms like “hordes” that are often
affiliated with immigrant movement. She tells students to “use American manners,” and tells them,
“Hi. In America, we do not talk on our cell phones in the library.”
These kinds of messages not only reinforce stereotypes that are ingrained in people from a
young age through media and social interactions, but they also deeply affect the Asian students
who are targeted, said Rosalind S. Chou, co-author of Myth of the Model Minority and a Duke
University postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the
Social Sciences. Chou works with Asian students at Duke and has spoken to them and others
many times about these issues.
“They suffer from this,” she said. “While we can be looking at this young lady as an individual
actor, we really need to ask about the larger structure and how racism and racist notions are
embedded. Because she’s not alone in her thinking.”
Media portrayals of Asians as “people to be laughed at” (think “American Idol” hopeful William
Hung) contribute to the other major misconception exhibited by Wallace’s decision to record and
post her video: the idea that Asians are docile and passive, and that people can treat the
population as inferior with no repercussions.
“Many Asians [face] this open racist taunting that goes on without the fear that they are
dangerous minorities, or violent, where that’s associated with other racial groups,” Chou said.
She noted the recent case of a student who was verbally harassed in the library, as well as an
article in the student newspaper that made fun of Asian students, saying they were the only ones
who didn’t hear about a campus scandal because they were all in the library. “
A newspaper at Duke would never run something like that about African Americans, for fear
that there’s an active history of resistance.” (Teranishi, associate professor of higher education
at New York University, said the video “reinforces the need for colleges and universities to
address issues of race and diversity beyond the dominant black/white paradigm.”)
When students approach Chou for advice on how to respond to such taunts, she tells them
all they can do is try to defy the stereotypes. That might involve something as simple as calling
out the assailant as a racist.
UCLA can do its part too, Blumenfeld said. Wallace did not see Asian students as human
beings, he said. “She saw them as the other, as even less than human,” he said. “She saw
herself as dominant.” By hosting diversity awareness lectures and events, requiring students
to take multicultural courses, and having precise and visible anti-discrimination policies that
are enforced on campus, students and administrators can gain from this incident rather than
dwell on it, Blumenfeld said.
“When we see people as fully dimensional human beings, it’s harder to put them in that box,”
he said. “In that way, we will learn from them, they will learn from us.”
“U.S. Naval Academy Settles Complaint With Professor Critical of Its Affirmative Action Policies,”
1/27/11 Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Erica Goldberg
The United States Naval Academy has agreed to a legal settlement with a tenured English professor
after a federal investigation uncovered evidence that the Naval Academy violated his First Amendment
rights. The professor, Bruce Fleming, had filed a complaint in 2009 with a federal agency, the Office of
Special Counsel, claiming that top ranking Naval Academy officials denied him a raise based on his
public assertions about the college’s race-conscious admissions policies. In a widely circulated
newspaper column, Fleming had written that the Naval Academy used an admissions process for
minority students that was so much less demanding, it likely violated federal civil rights laws.
The settlement by the Naval Academy, the undergraduate college for the Navy, admits no wrongdoing.
However, a news release by the Office of Special Counsel appears to indicate that the investigation
produced evidence that the Academy violated Fleming’s First Amendment rights. The Office of Special
Counsel, which investigates federal whistleblower complaints, confirmed that it found evidence that the
institution “illegally denied [an] employee a merit-pay increase because of public statements.”
Fleming, who had criticized the college’s affirmative action policies for several years, issued a
statement after the settlement. According to Fleming, “[t]he reason I felt it important to pursue this issue
is to ensure that an institution whose military members swear to uphold the Constitution do not infringe
the civilian rights to free expression the military is meant to protect.” We applaud Fleming’s efforts to
speak out when the college punished him for his protected criticism. Whistleblowers like Fleming are
critical to ensuring that our government complies with the law.