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What benefit does a US passport play in American University Admissions.

resare123resare123 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi Everyone,

I'm currently a senior studying in Canada. I was originally born in California so I do hold dual citizenship. I have been in Canada for almost all my life. So, I was wondering if my American citizenship will place me in a different pool and give me an advantage or not?

Thanks!
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22961 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It does change the FA as you can apply for federal aid. You will not be considered an international student for application, although your scores and gpa may be compared to those from your region.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78226 replies690 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You will be a domestic applicant to US universities, but not have residency in any state for state universities (such residency can affect admission, cost, and financial aid -- state universities typically favor their own state's residents in all three), and your high school academic record will need to be evaluated or converted by whoever in the university admissions office handles non-US academic records.
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  • brantlybrantly 3940 replies69 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    OK, not to be pedantic, but your passport plays not role. The fact that you are a U.S. citizen is what's relevant.
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  • airway1airway1 726 replies3 threadsRegistered User Member
    It does play a role from experience. Eldest American and my second is not. At penn state for example US applicants acceptance is around 56% while international 20%. It’s not linked to grades it’s just the volume of applicants to the amount of seats they have for international students.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8926 replies333 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    But it's the citizenship, not the passport, that matters.

    You'll be considered in the domestic pool, but you'll pay OOS rates at most public state colleges because your family doesn't live in any of them.
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  • resare123resare123 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Hi thanks for the response,

    Say I’m applying to UCLA , would it give me an advantage in terms of admission compared to my classmates that do not hold American citizenship?
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41874 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited October 5
    Being international would be a DISadvantage. Being an American citizen places you in the "domestic applicant, OOS" pool for UCs.
    edited October 5
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  • resare123resare123 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Okay so it does give me an advantage compared to my peers at my school who do not hold American citizenship?
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8926 replies333 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I don't think you'll be competing with your classmates. I think you'll be competing with the pool of American kids who want to go to school in CA. There seem to be quite a lot of them.
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