Poll finds 30% of white college applicants lied about race – The Ticker
In a recent survey from Intelligent.com, 34% of white Americans falsely claimed to be a racial minority on their college applications, with nearly half of those students claiming to be Native Americans.
“Native Americans, of all the options, are the most like those people who lie,” said Eric Vazquez, a sophomore at Baruch College and finance, said in an in-person interview with The Ticker. “It’s the easiest way not to get caught. “
This theory is discussed in the Intelligent.com article.
“The prevalence of applicants claiming Native American ancestry may be due to the popular narrative that for many Americans a small percentage of their DNA comes from a Native American tribe,” said Kristen Scatton, editor-in-chief of Intelligent .com. the article.
Thirteen percent claimed to be Latino, 10% claimed to be black and 9% claimed to be Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders, according to the survey.
The investigation revealed two main reasons why these people lied.
The majority did so to improve their chances of being accepted, representing 81% of students surveyed. Fifty percent of the students surveyed did so to receive financial aid for minorities.
“I can see why they did it, but they shouldn’t be doing it because I feel like it just takes resources from people who actually need it,” said freshman Reem Hussein. in finance in Baruch. in-person interview.
Men were three times more likely than women to lie about their race in their applications, according to the survey.
“I can see why,” Vazquez said. “The more ‘non-white man’ you are, it might increase your chances [of acceptance]. “
Of the students surveyed, 77% were accepted into colleges they lied to in their applications.
While there are many factors that contribute to acceptance, 85% of these students believe it was because they lied in their application that they were accepted into these schools.
The results of the Intelligent.com article come after college admissions scandals centered on celebrities Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman. The children of these wealthy celebrities would be athletes in order to be admitted to prestigious schools such as Yale University, Stanford University and the University of Southern California.