Skip to comments.Asian-Americans Largest Percentage Of UC Freshman Class
Posted on 04/19/2006 8:30:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The number of freshman heading off to college this fall in the University of California system will be at an all-time high.
Asian-Americans top the list of freshman with 19,896.
U-C officials say more than 55-thousand students who applied were accepted, a new record for the system.
This fall's record admission beat last year's, which was also a record, by about ten percent.
Officials say a relatively stable state funding situation meant U-C was able to follow a tradition of finding a place somewhere in the system for all students who met eligibility requirements.
Students have until May First to decide if they want to enroll.
A breakdown of the 2006 in-state freshman admissions:
Asian-American: 19,896 students, 36 percent
White: 19,685, 35.6 percent
Hispanic: 9,750, 17.6 percent
Black: 1,880 students, 3.4 percent
Other: 967, 1.8 percent
American Indian: 344 students, 0.6 percent
Decline to state: 2,720, 4.9 percent
Source: University of California. Numbers are preliminary and do not add exactly to 100 percent due to rounding.
Good for them!
The 0.4% difference between Asian and White is much smaller than the 4.9% who declined to state their race/ethnicity. So, NBC should not state with such confidence that Asians comprise a larger share than Whites among the accepted applicants (and since the deadline hasn't passed, they really cannot be sure about the demographics of the entering Freshman class).
Besides, the term 'Asian' must be defined. In Britain, a person from the Subcontinent is 'Asian'.
But I thought getting rid of racial preferences in admission meant UC was going to be an all-white's club (sarcasm)
I just noticed something! How did it end up being "Asian American" but "Black" in the category and not "African American" or simply "Asian"?
To a Texan, I could understand how that might not be sarcasm but here in CA, eventual Asian-student demographic domination in the system has been a forgone conclusion if you're at all familiar with UC campuses with Berkeley being prime example.
What's shocking about it? Asians study. There's no way there any less bright on average than whites. There are quite a few Asian-Americans in CA. Add that up, and you get a high fraction of Asians attending the U CA system. Also, CA's system is strongest in the hard sciences, where Asians are most likely to excell (first generation English speaker being no handicap, for instance).
They bust their asses, particularly with respect to education, and they are the only racial group more discriminated against in admissions than WASPs. I wish them all the best, they're willing to work for it.
I've never heard it any different in the U.S., have you?
Hispanic is not a race. What box would a student from Spain check?
Asians are (generally speaking) more intelligent than those of European extraction...that coupled with hard work..and dedication to education excellence make them better students
than all other races...
The Boston Latin School.which requires an exam,has a large percentage of Asians.
They work very hard,they don't play the victim,they don't use the race card,and they don't whine.
In Britian they call the Indians and Pakistanis Asians.
Here in the US we usually use it for Chinese,Japanese, etc.
If we wanted to get really technical,the Israelis are Asians.
Asian success in America shows that we aren't as racist as we're made out to be by the left wingers.
Of course a growing number of liberals I've heard want to categorize asian americans with white males. As people who exploit poor groups of people.
Well the word 'white' includes many different groups as well including most all from mid-east
Amazing what freedom can do to some people.
Last time I checked, the subcontinent was part of Asia.
And that, my friends, is a load of horse dung. It's beyond meaningless to talk about intelligence as a racial thing. There's a lot more genetic variation within "races" (race is a suspect concept in and of itself) than there is between them, and to the extent that there are differences in performance, they're culture-dependent.
What do you call Indians and Pakistanis, if not Asians? I always thought they were Asians. They aren't black. Are they white or are they native American?
We just lump them all together and call them Middle Eastern
In US usage, 'Asian' refers to primarily people from East Asia and South-East Asia. In the UK, the term 'Oriental' is used instead.
Also, in the UK, people from the Subcontinent are referred to as 'Asians'(and never as a synonym for the term 'Oriental').
Jesse and Al won't like it.
I thought they were called "East Indians" in the US.
If I remember correctly Horn and his brother were the authors of an IQ test at least once upon a time used throughout the German school system...
Wolfgang authored the questions while his brother did the illustrations..
Actually, in the United States, for census and polling purposes, persons from the Indian subcontinent are ALSO "Asian", even of not in the popular perception.
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National Public Radio "This I Believe"
by Ying Ying Yu Monday, July 17, 2006
Ying Ying Yu was 13 years old when her social studies class was assigned to write This I Believe essays. Yu and her parents immigrated to the United States in 2001. She starts high school this fall in Princeton, New Jersey.
I believe in the power of duty to impel. Only duty will offer me something true, something worthy of my effort and the support of my family and country.
Morning Edition, July 17, 2006 · I am a good child, obedient. I grew up in China, a country where education is the center of every child's life and a grade less than 85 percent is considered a failure. Grades mean more to us than a mother's smile, more than the murmur of a wish lingering on birthday candles. I had homework during lunch, math and language classes two times a day. There were punishments for not paying attention. I was beaten with a ruler. I learned to do anything to get a good grade.
I believe in duty, but that belief comes with sacrifice. The achievements I make come with a cost.
I remember first grade, the red scarf flapping in the wind, wanting more than anything to be the first one to wear it, that, the symbol of responsibility, excellence and loyalty. The first thing that flashed to mind when I put it on was how glad my family would be, how proud the motherland would be of the child it had borne and how my accomplishments would look on a college application.
All my pride, love, self-esteem -- they merge into duty. There have been times I wanted to throw away everything, but duty and obligation were always there to haunt me and to keep me strong. I would think: My parents and grandparents brought me up, my country gave me shelter, my teachers spent so much time building my foundations just to have me throw it all away? No, I can't do that! I must repay all that they have done. "I must," "I should," "I have to," all those little phrases govern my life and the lives of many of my classmates. We struggle on because duty reminds us that the awaiting success is not just for us. It's for our families, our heritage and our country.
I used to want to be a gardener. I liked working outdoors and the gritty feel of dirt was much more tangible than a bunch of flimsy words strung together. But I can never grow up to be a gardener. Everything I have done so far points to the direction of becoming a lawyer. That's a job my family wholeheartedly supports.
There is no other choice for someone who's been brought up by such a strict system, someone who has ambition. Here in America, there is almost a pressure to follow your dreams. I don't want any more dreams -- dreams are illusions. And it's too late for me to work toward another future, to let the foundations I have built go to ruins.
I believe in the power of duty to impel. Only duty will offer me something true, something worthy of my effort and the support of my family and country. Duty can bring me to an achievement that is greater than I am.
From National Public Radio: 'This I Believe' Essays, Monday, July 17, 2006