Take for instance a white kid (Joe) with 3.5 uw gPA, 1900 SAT and mediocre amount of ECs, compared with an international Asian kid (Bo) 3.9 uw GPA, 2280 SAT and LOTs of ECs and ridiculously hard courseload. Both demonstrate needy financial needs. Who would win in the admission process?
Also, (this is more relevant to me) how does a perminant resident (eligible for Federal aid) transferring compare with the freshmen admission process of an international? both are harder than the regular deal, but I don't have a clear picture of where I would need to within the next year or two. But I do understand that if I'm a college freshmen, they look at my HS stuff, and if I'm a sophomore, they look at my college stuff.