<p>Unfortunately, being an international is disadvantageous not only in terms of financial aid, but in terms of admission as well.</p>
<p>in fact, the gap between US citizens and internationals is quite HUGE.</p>
<p>This is directly from MIT's admission statistics for class entering in fall of 2009</p>
<p>US citizens/permanent residents
applied : 12026
accepted : 1552
I calculated the admission rate.... : 12.9%. Not so bad is it?</p>
applied : 3636
accepted : 123
Well well. the admission rate comes to : 3.4%. </p>
<p>Overall admission rate of MIT including internationals was 10.7%. The admission rates posted on most schools' webpages are a poor representation of the real competitiveness of the international pool. it is way more competitive for internationals to get in to US colleges. </p>
<p>I got these numbers from MIT</a> Admissions: Admissions Statistics, btw</p>
<p>12.9% and 3.4%. Numbers don't lie.
This is one school, but I imagine the situation is pretty similar everywhere else.
International students have it pretty hard, both in admission and financial aid. </p>
<p>I imagine, however, it would be somewhat different if you've been living in the states for a while or sth. not sure tho.</p>