A new report is now showing the pressure some white college students are feeling to lie about their race in order to get ahead academically.
According to a survey carried out by Intelligent.com, 34% of college students surveyed said they had previously lied about their race on applications:
The survey found that 34% of white Americans who’ve applied to college falsely claimed on their applications they’re a racial minority.
The number one reason why applicants faked minority status is to improve their chances of getting accepted (81%). Fifty percent also lied to benefit from minority-focused financial aid.
The survey also showed that the most popular ethnicity to claim on an application was that of ‘Native American’:
And perhaps most shocking of all, a majority of students who lied about their race on applications were accepted:
Seventy-seven percent of people who claimed to be a racial minority on their applications were accepted by the colleges to which they lied.
While other factors may have played a role in their acceptance, the majority of applicants who lied and were accepted (85%) believe that falsifying their racial minority status helped them secure admission to college.
Despite the ethical and moral drawbacks, Scatton warns future applicants that trying similar ploys to increase admissions chances isn’t worth the risk.