kitchen table math, the sequel: factoid

Sunday, June 17, 2012


from Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength  by Roy F. Baumeister :
Asian-Americans make up only 4 percent of the US population but account for a quarter of the student body at elite universities like Stanford, Columbia, and Cornell.


Crimson Wife said...

That statistic is a bit misleading because the percentage of Asian-American teens in California is 13% and the percentage in New York is 12%. So they are overrepresented, but not by quite as much as looking at the overall share of U.S. population.

Anonymous said...

I don't know the percentage, but there are lots of Asians in the DC area - perhaps not enough in either MD or VA to show up much in state-wide numbers, but the DC area is a different matter. My older kids HS had lots of Asians when they were there in the late 80s-early90s - and is now over 30% Asian, I think.