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I'm a high school graduate from Brazil and I've applied to 7 universities in the US for Fall 2011.
A peculiar doubt about the college admission process has recently come up and I would like you, if possible, to clear it up to me.
When applying to colleges in Brazil, one is supposed to inform a lot of specific numbers that show up in his/her ID. These numbers are the only piece of information that are used to crosscheck data when the applicant enrolls at the school (make sure he/she is the owner of that certain application).
While working on my applications to American schools, however, I noticed that nothing but my own name, birth date and some other simple data built my personal information page.
Basically, my question is: how do colleges make sure I am I when I enroll and when I get to the university [phisically]? If they only look at these simple pieces of information such as name and birth date, how do they make sure that applications will all be prepared by the applicants themselves?
Please notice I'm referring only to international applicants, since I realize domestic applicants have a so-called Social Security Number.