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When the colleges claim they are need-blind, do they really mean it

KujaluluKujalulu Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
edited September 2009 in International Students
Places such as Yale, Harvard, Williams colleges claim that they are need-blind to international students, as many of us know.

But I am just not sure, if they are really need-blind or they are just claiming it, to attract more applicants, but really they check how much FA the applicants need before deciding whether or not accpet the applications?
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Replies to: When the colleges claim they are need-blind, do they really mean it

  • b@r!um[email protected]!um Registered User Posts: 10,340 Senior Member
    Considering how much money these universities have, I believe that they are sincerely need-blind. On the other hand, they also have international acceptance rates between 2% and 5%, and they are interested in the very brightest students from each country. Students who represent the country in international science competitions or play in national-level sports leagues. In case you are not accepted, I would blame it on a more qualified applicant rather than on your financial aid application.
  • sora2712sora2712 Registered User Posts: 517 Member
    I'm pretty sure they are need blind: but you know with the GFC and all (*eurgh, that comes up EVERYWHERE), they'll pro be EVEN MORE selective.
    and i guess its common sense that they'd compare the applicants from each country side by side, and pick the best? because they want a good range so they show off their 'international-ness.' thats why its easier to apply from a country where there aren't that many applicants, comparitively, e.g. applying to an Ivy as an Aussie would be a lot easier than applying as a Chinese/Korean/Indian... but you still have to have a stellar app. =] goodluck~
  • KujaluluKujalulu Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    I see, thank you guys!
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