Am I able to select biracial on my college applications?
I am a half white and half asian 10th grader.
I was wondering if on college applications they require you to select all that apply for race, or am I able to simply select biracial?
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On the common app these are the questions you have to answer to complete the demographics section of the application for over 900 colleges that use the Common App. You can see there are many options to drill down and choose from other than simply selecting bi-racial. They want to know your White component in detail and your Asian component in detail.
Hope that helps. Good luck.
Demographics Questions from Common App.
Are you Hispanic or Latino/a/x? Y or N
Which best describes your Hispanic or Latino/a/x background? (You may select one or more) Central America
Regardless of your answer to the prior question, please indicate how you identify yourself. (You may select one or more)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Which best describes your Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander background? (You may select one or more)
Other Pacific Islands (excluding Philippines)
(American Indian or Alaska Native)
Please tell us about your tribal identity or affiliation
Are you enrolled in a federally recognized tribe?
Which best describes your Asian background? (You may select one or more)
Other East Asia
Other South Asia
Other Southeast Asia
Which best describes your Black or African American background? (You may select one or more)
U.S. / African American
Which best describes your White background? (You may select one or more)
Specify other White background
( here you can write in your exact mix of 2 or more races)
Yes, colleges ask if you're multiracial. If you are using the common app to apply for college, it's on the profile section. It asks you to choose in which category you belong. It also asks about your citizenship.
I think for the most part, applications have a bi/multiracial box or one that says other. I'm part white and part native american so I have to deal with that too.
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