The U.S. federal government, through its Office of Management and Budget, has compiled the following guidelines for racial categorization. Indiana University uses these categories for Affirmative Action reporting purposes.
American Indian/Native American or Alaska Native
Persons having origins in the original peoples of North America who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
Asian or Pacific Islander/Asian American
Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes: China, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippine Islands, Samoa, and Polynesia.
Black/African American, not Hispanic
Persons having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
White, not Hispanic
Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.