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What what matters in international applications

vdiogovdiogo 23 replies12 threads Junior Member
edited November 2013 in International Students
What do you think matters the most to colleges in international applications, generally?

Rank these (add something to your ranks if you want):

- GPA
- SAT/ACT
- Class Rank
- TOEFL
- Country of origin
- Essays
- Extracurriculars
edited November 2013
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12831 replies167 threads Senior Member
    Unless you're a recruited athlete, I would say it's

    1 - Money. For a majority of American schools, if you can pay 100%, you will get in.

    If you're looking for significant financial aid (60-100%) it's

    1 - Overall academic achievement (a combination of SATs, class rank, national or international awards/LORs/TOEFL)
    2 - Country of origin (Sorry China/India applicants - there are simply SO many of you applying it's hard to stand out!)
    3 - Essays/ECs
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  • vdiogovdiogo 23 replies12 threads Junior Member
    How does an international student compare with lower grades to a US student when the international is paying everything?
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12831 replies167 threads Senior Member
    Depends on the university. Many will gladly accept lower grades and scores from out-of-state students who pay a lot more. That includes international students.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42053 replies453 threads Senior Member
    Typically, International students are not in the same "pool" as the Americans. In that pool, paying full price is a huge hook, and at most public universities or smaller schools, it'll be enough to get you in. However, this does not apply to the 6 need blind/meet need schools and only marginally at the most highly selective LACs/universities.
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