The college admissions process has become challenging for all applicants. Asians in particular have come under focus for being overrepresented in universities. At Synocate (www.synocate.com), we have help thousands of students through the admissions process, many of whom are Asian applicants. We recently developed a data tool to help students search and sort colleges by a variety of factors and want to use that today to help Asian applicants understand where they should be applying and what they should be looking for in a college.
Over the past six months, we have developed this tool https://tools.synocate.com/admissionsdata based on private and public data from universities. This tool is based on data that universities and admissions offices themselves have reported. It has 19 variables that we can rank dynamically on a scale of 1-4, from not considered to most important.
The way to use this tool is by matching our strengths and weaknesses to those of the universities. For example, if we have a high GPA and low SAT, we should search for schools that really value GPA and are willing to forgive on SAT.
To find this, we sort the schools by colleges rating GPA 3 or higher and SAT 3 or lower. We find a set of schools that we should consider.
In addition to these overall dynamics, we should also look at the demographics of each school to see if we would fit in, gain an advantage for applying there, or be disadvantaged. We can see that from this report that we compiled based on university data: http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/649419/Student_Life_Report.html?t=1479073871686.
In this report, at the bottom, we look at section 2 (specifically 2.1 and 2.2) to see the Asian dynamics and growth over time. In section 2.1, we notice that there are several universities with greater than 20% Asian population, which is an overrepresentation. We also see that there are schools like Wake Forest and Tulane with less than 10% Asian.
For Asian students with lower grades or who are open to merit scholarship and have strong profiles, it is smart to consider schools at the lower end of this spectrum. Sometimes, these universities are actively recruiting for Asian students.
In section 2.2, we look at the Asian student population growth over time. We notice that schools like Vanderbilt have grown their Asian student base by over 70% in the past 5 years, the span of time which this growth considers. It is smart to consider schools that are rapidly growing their Asian student base for one reason or another (international, full tuition, diversity in class, higher GPA/SAT).
The tools and profiles we have created allow students to find colleges that match their interests and strengths. We also introduced a dataset around Asians specifically where we can look at the percentage of the class that is Asian and the growth of Asian students over time. These institutional trends can give us insights into students and where they should be applying.