Race/Ethnicity Descriptions

When collecting information for the Fact Book, participants are asked about their race/ethnicity. They are provided a list of categories to describe the group to which the individual belongs, identifies with, or belongs in the eyes of the community. Please note, the categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins; they are used to categorize U.S. citizens, resident aliens, and other eligible non-citizens.

Here is a description of each category:

Race/Ethnicity Description
American Indian or Alaska Native A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment; has no Hispanic or Latino origins.
Asian A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam; has no Hispanic or Latino origins.
Black or African American A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa; has no Hispanic or Latino origins.
Hispanic or Latino A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands; has no Hispanic or Latino origins.
White A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa; has no Hispanic or Latino origins.
Two or More Races This applies only to those who are Non-Hispanic or Latino.
Race and Ethnicity Not Defined A person chooses to not answer the ethnicity/race section.
Nonresident Alien A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.

These descriptions are based on definitions from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009.