Diversity

Is My Daughter First Generation to College?

Question: My husband has “some” (i.e. very little) college experience, and I have an AA degree. My daughter wants to attend a 4-year college. Would she be considered “first generation”? The standard definition of a “first-generation” college applicant is a student with no parent who has earned a bachelor’s degree before that student reached age ...

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Long-Lost Dad and Dartmouth “Legacy” Hook

Question: Does the Dartmouth admissions office contact the parent that is an alum? My son will be applying as a legacy and is a “good fit” for Dartmouth, however, his father decided he did not want children after our son was born and has chosen not to be a part of his life. So, I’m ...

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Using English and not Korean Name on MIT Application

Question: I want to apply MIT. MIT has the special admission system called MyMIT. When I tried to register on MyMIT, they requested my English name, but I’m Korean, so I haven’t English name. What do I do? MIT just wants your name translated into the English alphabet. They aren’t looking for an actual English ...

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Is Arab Student a “White” Student for Application Purposes?

Question: I am Arab and catagorized as white on a racial forms, but when applying for college what should I mark? On many college applications, including the Common App, if you check the “White” box, you will get a pull-down menu that allows you to then also check “Middle East” to further define your heritage. ...

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College Advice for Undocumented Student

Question: I am currently a junior in high school. I was wondering how I can get into college without a SSN or ID. I was brought to the U.S. illegally 11 years ago. I also want to know if I will be able to apply for scholarships. Yes, you can apply to college without a ...

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How Should Hawaiian Student Report GPA on Applications?

Question: I’m currently a sophomore in high school living in Hawaii. I go to a Hawaii public school and we have specific standards as far as grading is concerned (all + and – are not included in final grades). Also, I’m in AP courses. Since these both affect my GPA, I was wondering what GPA ...

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Can DNA Testing Prove Native American Roots for Admission Purposes?

Question: My childrens’ great grandmother was half Cherokee. The records in the courthouse were burned. Will colleges accept a DNA test as proof of race? When college admission officials give admission priority to Native Americans, they are typically seeking those applicants who will help to diversify the student body. They don’t care about DNA tests. ...

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