Demographics

Question

I have started the college application process and this is the first time in my life where I feel like I need to be totally accurate entering my demographics. I am 100% Ashkenazi Jewish according to a DNA test but my family emigrated from Russia in the early 2000’s and I look completely European. Should I put White or Middle Eastern on the application?

2 months

Answers

  1. I am actually quite surprised that they are still allowed to ask such questions! Whilst it is true that all Jews ultimately descend from Abraham, nevertheless, I would suggest that you put “white” as historically Ashkenazic Jewry was always centered around Europe.

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