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whitenoise56whitenoise56 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
Hi, so I'm sort of confused regarding the complexities of the college admissions that are being offered by the ivies and the non ivies. Do they accept applicants from other countries that have studied from their own respective educational programs.? What are the requirements of a candidate that has scored well in their nationally recognized educational system? What criteria decides the acceptance of the candidate for example SAT scores, public speaking? etc. Is their a proper guideline for people who want to apply internationally to the ivies?Any feedback would be appreciated.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6594 replies54 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 31
    So, in the US medical school is a 4th level / graduate program and college/university* is a 3rd level / undergraduate program. Are you asking about applying to medical school in the US, with an undergraduate degree from another country or about applying to an undergraduate program?

    For medical school, there are a number of specific pre-requisite courses plus a standardized test (MCAT). Many US medical schools will only accept students whose pre-reqs were taken in the US or Canada; acceptance for international students is typically more difficult. Those medical schools who do accept international applicants have details on their websites.

    For undergraduate, afaik all US colleges and universities accept international students. There is information for international applicants on the website of each college.

    For undergraduate, the baseline for admissions is academic achievement, as measured by standardized tests (SAT/ACT) and grades from school (GPA). The more selective the school the more other factors come into play: how 'rigorous' a curriculum, particular skills/talents (sports, arts, etc), participation in your school and local community (student government leadership, school teams, community service, etc), letters of recommendation by teachers, and (especially) your application essays.

    The "Ivies" (which is simply a group of colleges that got together to form a sports league) have extremely low acceptance rates (under 10%), and international students get ~12-15% of those places. In general, the international students who are accepted are at the top of their year academically (not just in their school or town, but their region), and have something else that makes them stand out as well.

    *(the terms are used interchangeably in the US).
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10165 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    In addition to what @collegemom3717 has posted, I will add that international students simply will not be considered for admission at most US medical schools. There are only 53 US medical schools that will consider international applicants. (Some are "ivies"; most are not.) Each of those has its own unique requirements for international applicants. Most require a baccalaureate degree earned in the US or Canada. Some will consider internationals who have completed their baccalaureate degree outside of the US & Canada so long as they have completed additional coursework in the US. (Specifics vary by university and can be found on each school's website, but 1-2 years of additional science coursework is typical.)

    For admission to a US medical schools, a wide variety of factors are considered: your GPA and science GPA (bio, chem, physics, math) earned during your baccalaureate, your score on the MCAT ( a standardized exam), extra curricular activities that demonstrate an interest in medicine (clinical volunteering, community service with the disadvantaged, physician shadowing, clinical or laboratory research experience, leadership positions), letters of recommendation from your university professors and clinical supervisors., plus how you present yourself through your essays and interviews.

    Admission to US medical schools for internationals is extremely competitive. Fewer than 100 matriculated into all US medical schools combined last year. About 80-85% of those were Canadians.

    You need to be aware that international students at US medical schools are expected to pay 100% of the cost of the medical education. You will be required to prove you can fund your education before you will be allowed to matriculate. Internationals must place funds to cover at least 1 year (and as many as 4 years) of tuition, fees and living expenses in an escrow account in a US bank before beginning classes. You will need approximately US$400,000 to pay for US medical school.
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