Schools like Yale, UC Berkeley, and many public universities ask their applicants questions about diversity.While this question is most common in graduate school applications, it does come up in undergraduate admissions.
Schools like Yale, UC Berkeley, and many public universities ask their applicants questions about diversity.
The literature from many colleges emphasizes increasing diversity on their campuses, and many schools, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and the University of Kentucky, have entire departments dedicated to diversity.
Harvard’s stated goal is to “promote equity, diversity & inclusion within our School and the greater community.” Frank Bruni argues here that diverse demographics are not the entire solution.
Colleges want a diverse student body so that students can learn about life from each other, as well as from their professors.
Colleges want students to be teachers as well as students.
Your essay on diversity should show the college how you will bring your unique point of view to the classroom and campus. Since then, the author has been admitted to his top choices for both undergraduate and professional education, both of which are ranked in the top 10 by US News and World Report. Read the essay, and read the explanation underneath.
People see me as tall and black, but I am more than that: I am a lawyer in the making.Bruni admires colleges with programs that encourage a diverse student body to interact: “Davidson is coaxing campus organizations and even using off-campus trips to orchestrate conversations between white and black students, between religious students and atheists, between budding Democrats and nascent Republicans.By prioritizing these kinds of exchanges, the school sends the message that they matter every bit as much as the warmth and validation of a posse of like-minded people.” To most I simply answer “No.” However, when it is someone I know, and I would like to give them more information, I tell them, “No, but I play lacrosse.” On the rare occasion that a Northern basketball player asks me, I answer yet another way.Anticipating a chance to join in an after-school pick-up game, I tell them that I don’t play basketball—but I’m good.My tall white friends have told me they are rarely asked about their involvement in sports and it is mostly black people who ask me these questions.I have come to the conclusion that everyone looks at me from the outside in, looking at my height, my race, even my size 16 feet to determine what they think of me.I wish people could see the logic in my veins, the law in my lungs, the mock trial on my mind, and the admiration in my heart for both Clarence Darrow—for his willingness to take on challenging cases, and Johnnie Cochrane—for his ability to win them.I will bring to your university the same qualities I see in my role models: drive, determination, and a logical mind.In college, students learn not only from books and professors, but from each other.However, if everyone is exactly the same, what can they learn from each other?