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  1. @rs27991 thanks for responding kindly and sharing your experience. It is some relief and I'm glad that was your experience @nichole96 The program appears to reserve nearly 50 percent, give or take, of its class for men, yet men are a minority in the applicant pool. If the program can find the energy to provide more equality for men in the PA field (this is important too), then they can put in the effort to culturally and ethnically diversify their class. I'm hearing things, but it just isn't reflected when I see the class pictures, and that's why I came here to ask. I want to be wrong and I want my thoughts to be challenged otherwise my doubts would continue to reflect the reality minorities/POC/non-whites have to live in. Institutions have the power to influence change. It is true that the majority of applicants are white. But there is a widespread acknowledgement that the profession needs to be more racially diverse. I am not saying qualified white applicants shouldn't be accepted, just as I know you are not saying that white applicants tend to be the best applicants hence they they are mainly accepted (even though it came across that way). Nor am I speaking for every minority's experience (you had a positive experience). But I am allowed to ask and voice concern. The next step to this is to actively do something about it, by providing more seats to qualified racially diverse applicants so the demographics begin to shift. If they continue to take a majority of white applicants because the applicant pool just happens to be that way with an oh well, what can we do about it attitude, and succumbing to this, then they're perpetuating this disproportion. Institutions have the power to change this by admitting more diverse applicants, in turn changing the current statistics so it's more even, not preserve it the way it is. And this is also what I mean when I say the program's goal to diversify the class is misleading. It's not just Penn State. Congratulations on being given many PA interview opportunities and I am glad you also had a great interview day experience. I also had a similar experience and only had to apply to two PA schools because I was admitted to a school I really like. One school emailed me offering an interview invite the very next day after I submitted my secondary, and I applied pretty late. The class size is also very small. My POC friends have also had multiple acceptances. I came here to inquire because when I first started browsing for PA schools, this is one of the first impressions I got of this PA program (and others too). I decided not to apply here for many reasons. Over the course of the current application cycle I have spoken to other PA applicants and even asked what schools they were considering. I suggested Penn State because it's a great program, but they also brought up the fact that the class is very white. This was one person a few months ago, and someone else mentioned it again very recently. Multiple people are saying and thinking the same thing. I also thought that maybe they could strengthen their application, but I did not dismiss their feelings and thoughts. I sympathized and listened. This is why I posted, to ask what's up. If the program is truly doing what it can to add diversity in all angles, then I say continue. If they are not, then I am respectfully providing feedback and asking that they strengthen their diversity and inclusion department and put more effort into recruiting racially diverse applicants. I also want to make it clear that I am not accusing Penn State for discrimination or a bias. My first post could've definitely had a better tone, but it's difficult to convey this while typing. I am questioning an observation I made regarding the program's statistics and racial makeup. I would like to hear from the program's perspective because I know I am not an adcom and might be missing something. I've expressed my concerns in this post and the last and don't want to go on a tangent about race in this thread. You may PM message me.
  2. I am surprised this hasn't been brought up yet. There seems to be a real lack of diversity in the program, since the program began several years ago. I understand the program is in central Pennsylvania (a heavy white demographic) but I'm sure there are great applicants who are non-white/POC out of nearly 3-5,000 who apply each year to add diversity to your class. I also understand that the program adds diversity in terms of disadvantaged backgrounds (economically, educationally, first generation in college, etc.) but, again, it seems that they prefer this in white applicants (the class picture that I've seen every year seems to point to this). I really hope the program lives up to its desire of "attracting a diverse study body" and works towards this goal in the coming years. It is quite disappointing. It is also discouraging for many of my POC Pre-PA peers who have also brought up the program's blatant lack of diversity. They feel as if they have no chance even though they are competitive. They should not feel as if their race/ethnicity will hinder them from becoming a PA and, when I see that majority of the class in this program and others are primarily white even when they claim "we love diversity", I can't help but agree and sympathize with them. The program also seems to cap asian students to about 3 per year? I would really like to hear more from the program's perspective as to why there is this lack of diversity. The PA profession needs more non-white, POC professionals. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4874816/ (focusing on race/ethnicity) this was published a few years ago and while the numbers might be slightly different today, they still apply.
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