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Discus: What Are My Chances?: December 2002 Archive: Gender Issues
By CuriousCurt on Friday, December 06, 2002 - 09:50 am: Edit

Everyone is talking about races and URMs and such, but can anyone tell me what role gender plays in college admissions? For instance, does an Asian female have a better chance at getting into Harvard than an Asian male?

By 94grad on Friday, December 06, 2002 - 05:18 pm: Edit

Probably not. There are more college-bound females now than males. If gender matters at all, then being male would be a plus for admission.....unless you are talking about an historically male-dominated institution like MIT.

By CuriousCurt on Saturday, December 07, 2002 - 12:03 am: Edit

thanks 94grad,
anyone else?

By ewww on Saturday, December 07, 2002 - 02:03 am: Edit

actually, it is true that there are more college bound females than males overall...but if you're talking about asians, there still is an overwhelming male dominance in the application process (even more so for international many asian parents are willing to send their sons abroad but will not part with their daughters for fear of safety issues).

i would argue that for college admissions, many factors play a role...including race, gender, athletics, college needs, majors, etc. if we're talking about difficulty, the typical asian male who plans to major in engineering/premed will be discriminated against the most. there is simply too many of them for the number of spots that need to be otherwise reserved for those other applicants who's social affirmative action value outweighs them...which includes urms, athletes, women, etc. bottom line, asian males have it the toughest, hands down. if you know a 4.0, 1600 that gets rejected anywhere, chances are, he was asian.

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