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erhaps owing to geographical considerations, Harvard claims a lower percentage of Asian Americans in its undergraduate enrollment than does Stanford. Of Stanford's 6,550 undergraduates, 1,567 (24%) are Asian/Pacific Islanders compared with only 1,180 of Harvard's 6,630 (18%).
     There are some statistical discrepancies which, if corrected, would narrow the gap. 17% of Harvard's undergraduate population is counted in the "Other/unknown" category (as distinct from international students who are counted separately by both universities) while Stanford's count includes no such category. The "other" category is usually comprised of students who, for various reasons real or imagined, believe it contrary to their interests to state their ethnicity. In most cases they are White or Asian. Eliminating those students from the count raises the Asian percentage of Harvard's UG population to 21.7%, much closer to Stanford's 24%.
     Whites are 51% of Stanford's undergraduates and 42% of Harvard's.
     The numbers provided by both universities are based on fall 1997 enrollment. Given recent trends, the Asian percentages may be slightly higher for 1998 and 1999.
     International students make up 7% of Harvard's UG population and 5% of Stanford's. At Stanford, 46% of international students are from Asia compared with only 24% at Harvard.
     At the various professional and graduate schools that make up 64% of Harvard's combined enrollment of 18,597, the highest concentrations of Asian Americans are found in the Dental School (28%), Medical (24%), Design (18%) and Public Health (11%). The other graduate divisions are: Business (10%), Law (10%), Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (6%), Education (6%) and Education (6%).
     In absolute numbers, Asians are concentrated most heavily in the Business School (96), GSAS (93), Medical (91) and Law (88).
     Stanford and Harvard are estimated to fall in 10th and 11th place among the top 25 American universities in terms of the size of their Asian American enrollments. Harvard is believed to be the number 2 Asian American university outside California, just behind Columbia.