Asian-American Students Wonder: Is the Bar Higher for Us?

Asian Applicants Wonder About Higher Admissions Bar 1

Matt Roth for The Chronicle

Michael Chang, a senior at a competitive public high school in Maryland, worries that Asian-Americans are held to a higher standard by colleges.

Michael Chang studied hard for the SAT. He went through 30 weeks of tutoring and took dozens of practice tests. It paid off: Mr. Chang, a senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School here, got a 1430. But he had read that Asian-American applicants had to score 140 points more than their white peers to have the same chance of getting into an elite college. That hard-earned 1430 would look no better than a white student's 1290.

The idea that Asian-American applicants are held to a higher