Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Business
Pursuits

Tips From the Princeton Review: Act Less Asian, Add Pics if You're Black

Tips From the Princeton Review: Act Less Asian, Add Pics if You're Black
Photograph by Getty Images

Stakeholders in the contentious debate about how, and whether, colleges should consider applicants’ races or ethnicities tend to use careful allusions to the importance of “differences in life experiences.” The latest edition of one college guide, however, dispenses with such euphemisms. The Princeton Review, a prominent test prep company, candidly advised certain types of students to emphasize or play down their racial and ethnic backgrounds.

In Cracking College Admissions, first published by Random House in 1992 and most recently updated in 2004, Princeton Review devotes an eight-page section called “Ethnic Background” to coaching prospective students who are black, Hispanic, or Asian on the types of interests they should mention and even how Asians can avoid being seen as part of “the Asian invasion.”