Admissions Expertise Any tips on getting the most out of campus tours and info sessions? There is a contact card that admissions officers will fill out. You need to make sure that you fill that out because they will keep an online database of who has visited campus. In addition, you should write down the names of people you meet, names of buildings and memorable things on campus for 2 reasons. Reason 1.) After you have visited several schools, they all seem to look alike and your notes will help you distinguish the colleges. Reason 2.) Using the proper names of people, places and memorable moments from your visit will help you write a really outstanding college essay if in the event you end up applying to that school. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Should minority students approach the application process differently? How so? Most minority students should not be afraid to embrace your ethnicity and your cultural background. Going to a majority white school can be intimidating if you have never learned in an environment in which students are different from you. If being from a particular cultural background provides a context for your achievement then talk about that. You should work to let the admission committee know who you are. If your cultural background and experience is an important aspect of your identity then you should talk about that in the process. I can show you exactly how to do that. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Is there any benefit to checking “no race” on the application? There is no benefit to checking the "no race" box on the application. The admissions committee wants to know about who you are. If your cultural identity is an important part of that then you should definitely talk about that/ check the box. Dude. CHECK THE BOX! Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. Are there any financial aid or scholarship offers specifically for minority students? YES! It depends on the school and the institution that you are applying to. Some colleges offer diversity awards. In addition, there are a number of scholarship organizations that specifically look for minority students to award money to. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What exactly is Affirmative Action and how does it affect minority students? Affirmative Action is the practice of taking race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. into consideration in order to benefit the underrepresented group. Ideally, in the admissions process, the minority students' status as a minority/ underrepresented group will be taken into consideration when the admission officer is reviewing your application. It is not a shoe- in that you will be admitted some place just because you are black or gay or latino but rather it simply means that its OK for the admissions committee to take that into consideration when they are reviewing your application. Some states have outlawed Affirmative Action and in other places the law is in full effect :) Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed. What are some current issues facing minority prospective students and college students? There are a lot of issues that face minority communities! For starters there is a deficit in the colleges and universities across the nation in terms of African American and Latino young men enrolling in school. This is said to be two of the hardest populations to get to college ( I specialize in both areas). In addition, there is a dramatic increase in undocumented students across our nation that want to go to college. There are many conversations being held at the national level around financial aid for undocumented students versus international populations. There is a number of reverse Affirmative Action cases in which white students feel as if they are not getting the a fair reviewal in the admissions process due to race based biases... and the list goes on and on and on. Likes Like This Answer Already Liked This Answer Thank you, this item will be reviewed.