How will not filling out the demographics section affect my chances?Answered
Will I have a higher chance of admission if I don't fill out the demographics section, or if I do (applying to elite universities)? Being male, and part of a majority race in top colleges. (Note: The original question also included a question concerning financial aid)
I am like 99% sure that colleges will find out your race/gender really easily. When you apply to common app, even if you don’t list those, your demographics will be visible thru school records/transcripts (at least gender) and often your race will also be kept part of your school records either via student photo, last name, or some other identifying information. Additionally, colleges would not accept someone whose race/gender they don’t know since that’s literally how they compare yo to other students to determine who is the most “impressive” or most worthy of admission. Trying to conceal a part of yourself (demographics) that you can’t change to increase your chances of getting into a specific school is quite frankly not a good idea because it sends the wrong message to the school.
In terms of aid, applying for aid will never increase your chances, unless you’re overqualified for the school (assuming you’re not since you’re applying to top unis) and they want to give you significant scholarships to entice you to attend that college. Otherwise, applying for aid will only keep your chances the same (need-blind) or lower them (need-aware). If anything showing that you’re of below-average wealth for your race decreases your chances since you don’t get the financial backing that helps other kids get the push towards admissions. It’s not a big deal, but you have the wrong idea thinking that applying for aid gives you a differentiating/unique bonus since that’s not how it’s viewed by AOs. I don’t have experience with aid so if I have said anything insensitive just lmk!
My recommendation? Don’t try to hide anything; you can’t change your situation so just face your chances as they are. Good luck
So in regards to demographics I believe you are talking about the application and not the chancing engine. Demographics at most selective school an impact with Asians being hit the hardest and Black and Latin@s getting a sizable boost. As for being male use the find school tool on CV to see overall admit rate and male admit rate.
As for financial it honestly depends on how much need you require. A full ride at need aware colleges it can be be the deciding factor but if your in top25% it will matter a lot less. If you need anywhere from 5-10k impact are need aware exists but is not highly noticeable. Needing need by itself will not equal a rejection.
All of this info is my assumptions based on reading articles and being in this forum a lot. I’m not an expert.
Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help.
Applying for need at need-aware colleges generally decreases your chances, otherwise, I don't know.