Randolf Arguelles

Randolf Arguelles

Director, Elite Prep San Francisco (CA)


Randolf Arguelles is the director of Elite Prep San Francisco (CA), a test preparation, academic tutoring, and college admissions counseling service. He holds a certificate in college counseling from UC San Diego (CA) and counsels students from public and private high schools in San Francisco. Randolf worked for UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions (CA) as an external reader of freshman applications for seven years. He is a former graduate student instructor for UCLA's Department of History (CA) and Santa Monica College (CA). He holds a B.A. in philosophy from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Asian American history from UCLA.

Fun Fact: Randolf plays keyboard in a funk-jazz-rock jam band.

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  • Hmong American Students in College Admissions: Disaggregating Asian America

    Of all the ethnicities that make up the demographic category Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), few face as many challenges in college admissions and retention as the Hmong. Hmong teenagers have the highest dropout rate among all AAPI groups--as high as 40% according to some estimates. 38% of the Hmong population have not completed high school. Nine out of every ten Hmong girls quit school. This panel will share some successes and challenges experienced by Hmong American students. It will also provide practical advice about supporting them in outreach, admissions, and retention, as well as teach greater cultural competence.

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