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I’m a US Citizen of North African origin, can I classify myself as African American in MBA apps?

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If you don’t have morals, yes.

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Okay - I’m not one. But are us citizens not allowed to call themselves African American? Aren’t they actually African Americans? I’m totally new to this but I’m curious

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Isn’t the category “Ethnicity”? And not “Nationality”?

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Ya there are white South Africans in America who put themselves as African American and reap all the benefits of under represented minority. Asian American here 🙋🏻‍♂️, I don’t hate the players, I hate the game

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OP- more importantly you’d have a clean conscious and know you were accepted for being your authentic self

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Might as well go for it.

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OP pretty sure you fall into the overall bucket of minority status and get all the benefits that comes with that in the current academic landscape.

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North African is always lumped in with middle eastern/white. Most schools clarify that on the check list. I mean it’s really a stretch for someone with North African origins (not even sub Saharan Africa) to qualify... but we all agree the system needs upgrading.

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GO FOR IT

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You should just email the admissions office and ask them point blank how you should identify on the application - get it in writing y’all !

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Well American isn't really an ethnic group

Agreed. Most North African states are bucketed under “white"

Cool, seems like the consensus is that North African is considered white. I’d hate to go to the interview and get rejected for putting African American on my app

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