Multiracial Students Face Quandary On College Application

But students can now choose from a menu of new boxes of racial and ethnic categories -- because the Department of Education started requiring universities this past school year to comply with a broad federal edict to collect more information about race and ethnicity...So the number of applicants who identify themselves as multiracial has mushroomed, adding another layer of anxiety, soul- (and family-tree-) searching and even gamesmanship to the process.