50-50 Highlights: Colleges for Asian Students

Female asian college studentAsians and Pacific Islanders represent 5.3% of the general population but make-up 6.3% of full-time undergraduates. At the most competitive schools, Asian-Americans are two to four times greater in the student population than they are in the general population such as 20.3% at Stanford and 19.4% at Harvard. Because of this “over-representation” and general “model minority” myth, Asian students are often perceived as doing well no matter where they attend school.

Part of the problem is that the Asian-Pacific Islander designation represents an aggregation of subgroups with very different levels of education attainment.?¬† The percentage of these subgroups with a Bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from a low of 14.7% to a high of 74.1%.

It’s likely that those in the groups with higher education attainment disproportionately apply to the nation’s most elite universities. According to Bloomberg, this has led to charges of discrimination of Asian applicants. Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade “showed in his research?¬†that Asian-Americans needed SAT scores that were about 140 points higher than white students, all other quantifiable variables being equal, to get into elite schools.”

However, among 50-50 schools the model minority myth doesn’t hold up as well. There are certainly elements of it given that of the 387 college reporting six-year graduation rates for Asian and Pacific Islanders, 23 had 100% graduation rates for the group. Yet these were based on small populations with Asian-Pacific Islander students consisting of only 0.5% to 4.6% of the full-time undergraduate population.

Part of the model minority myth would suggest that Asians have a higher graduation rate than the general graduation rate. Yet among 50-50 schools, 198 had lower Asian graduation rates than the general population with the difference being ten points or greater at 66 of the schools. There are 175 50-50 schools where the Asian graduation rate was higher than the general rate and 66 of these schools had a differences of ten points or more between the two rates.

Those looking for colleges for Asian students might consider those listed in the tables below. The following tables show the 50-50 schools with the highest percentage of Asian-Pacific Islanders and those with the highest graduation rates for Asian-Pacific Islanders. There are 51 schools where Asian-Pacific Islanders make-up ten percent or more of the full-time undergraduate population. A total of 82 schools had six-year graduation rates for Asian-Pacific Islanders of 80% or better. Eleven schools appear on both lists.

50-50 Colleges with Highest Percentage
Asian-Pacific Islander Students

Name
State
Type
Full-time
Under-
graduates
6 yr
Grad
Rate
Total
6 yr
Grad
Rate
Asian-
Pacific
Islander
4/5 yr
Grad
Rate
% Asian-
Pacific
Islander
University of California-RiversideCAPublic1802867706238.2
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWAPublic2587680817631.4
University of California-MercedCAPublic490158635229.6
Rutgers University-NewarkNJPublic602168726126.6
The University of Texas at DallasTXPublic913661725726.1
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJPublic2975277817126.0
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesMAPrivate173469735524.6
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMDPublic905157515023.0
University of Illinois at ChicagoILPublic1553254654922.8
University of San FranciscoCAPrivate583770745822.2
University of California-Santa CruzCAPublic1550473717020.9
Case Western Reserve UniversityOHPrivate389578846018.7
Seattle UniversityWAPrivate441671725718.7
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGAPublic1270179827218.2
George Mason UniversityVAPublic1630464735917.7
Pacific UniversityORPrivate153761685317.1
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesNYPrivate105968566816.6
Boston UniversityMAPrivate1672285866516.1
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILPublic3131182848115.6
Santa Clara UniversityCAPrivate512885867714.8
Austin CollegeTXPrivate131475866914.0
University at BuffaloNYPublic1766471806713.6
Biola UniversityCAPrivate403671715013.1
Loyola University ChicagoILPrivate908470695111.5
University of PortlandORPrivate328576787111.4
Saint Marys College of CaliforniaCAPrivate277061675011.3
Maryland Institute College of ArtMDPrivate180771716511.2
Mills CollegeCAPrivate88157565111.0
Whittier CollegeCAPrivate154655715010.7
Temple UniversityPAPublic2452668726310.6
Loyola Marymount UniversityCAPrivate581877746710.2
Creighton UniversityNEPrivate390777866610.2
Syracuse UniversityNYPrivate1398780827010.1

50-50 Colleges with Highest Graduation Rates for
Asian-Pacific Islander Students

Name
State
Type
Full-time
Under-
graduates
6 yr
Grad
Rate
Total
6 yr
Grad
Rate
Asian-
Pacific
Islander
4/5 yr
Grad
Rate
% Asia-
Pacific
Islander
Furman UniversitySCPrivate269487100832.0
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTNPrivate145986100802.2
DePauw UniversityINPrivate233185100803.5
Lebanon Valley CollegePAPrivate163073100671.2
Saint Vincent CollegePAPrivate162573100641.1
Le Moyne CollegeNYPrivate241472100621.8
Sarah Lawrence CollegeNYPrivate137070100634.6
Ripon CollegeWIPrivate98270100571.5
DeSales UniversityPAPrivate177669100692.2
Simpson CollegeIAPrivate139569100630.9
Houghton CollegeNYPrivate118768100561.4
Alma CollegeMIPrivate137967100541.6
Mount Carmel College of NursingOHPrivate65466100621.2
Milligan CollegeTNPrivate90165100571.3
Trinity Christian CollegeILPrivate115564100551.5
Hollins UniversityVAPrivate70863100582.3
Southern New Hampshire UniversityNHPrivate436061100540.8
Union UniversityTNPrivate221761100501.4
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State DuboisPAPublic60260100551.3
Chatham UniversityPAPrivate65460100493.0
Georgetown CollegeKYPrivate122559100500.5
Saint Joseph's College of MaineMEPrivate101155100490.6
Johnson UniversityTNPrivate69054100490.6
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityILPrivate20828292775.0
Wheaton CollegeILPrivate23598791738.2
Elizabethtown CollegePAPrivate18547991712.4
Saint Mary's CollegeINPrivate14997989731.4
Westmont CollegeCAPrivate13357789757.1
Providence CollegeRIPrivate38048588811.6
Stonehill CollegeMAPrivate24498188781.5
Ursinus CollegePAPrivate17438088754.6
Bryant UniversityRIPrivate32117788753.7
University of ScrantonPAPrivate38757788652.9
Salve Regina UniversityRIPrivate19407388681.2
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMNPrivate24868287805.2
Messiah CollegePAPrivate27337487711.5
La Salle UniversityPAPrivate35176787534.8
Loyola University MarylandMDPrivate38168386793.0
Boston UniversityMAPrivate1672285866516.1
Santa Clara UniversityCAPrivate512885867714.8
Austin CollegeTXPrivate131475866914.0
Clemson UniversitySCPublic148348086782.0
St Mary's College of MarylandMDPublic19017986772.9
Wofford CollegeSCPrivate15497986752.5
Creighton UniversityNEPrivate390777866610.2
Samford UniversityALPrivate27547086510.8
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusPAPublic377278785845.4
St Olaf CollegeMNPrivate31138585815.2
University of DenverCOPrivate50077885604.7
Drake UniversityIAPrivate32037585643.6
Whitman CollegeWAPrivate15668684808.1
Case Western Reserve UniversityOHPrivate389578846018.7
Ohio State University-Main CampusOHPublic392348084755.6
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILPublic3131182848115.6
Shippensburg University of PennsylvaniaPAPublic68126084581.1
University of GeorgiaGAPublic246948283798.0
Cornell CollegeIAPrivate11857083654.1
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOHPrivate30187083521.0
The Master's College and SeminaryCAPrivate10396583556.5
Savannah College of Art and DesignGAPrivate74976483513.4
Saint Mary's University of MinnesotaMNPrivate14346283511.9
James Madison UniversityVAPublic170868182805.1
Miami University-OxfordOHPublic145448182802.4
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusGAPublic1270179827218.2
Linfield College-McMinnville CampusORPrivate16927382617.9
Belmont UniversityTNPrivate46196882611.7
Syracuse UniversityNYPrivate1398780827010.1
Oklahoma State University-Main CampusOKPublic164566282571.4
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWAPublic2587680817631.4
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNJPublic2975277817126.0
Texas A & M University-College StationTXPublic365158181775.1
Marquette UniversityWIPrivate79998181614.1
Clark UniversityMAPrivate22188081765.1
Trinity UniversityTXPrivate22938081697.8
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPAPublic171867981766.3
Knox CollegeILPrivate14007880705.4
Xavier UniversityOHPrivate40087780692.1
University at BuffaloNYPublic1766471806713.6
University of Oklahoma Norman CampusOKPublic177966780615.8
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyMAPublic12316580611.8
California Maritime AcademyCAPublic8606280588.7
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityOHPrivate18156180532.4

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