Is it harder to get in as an international student?

<p>Hi, i will be applying next year and i am an international student, are we expected to have higher scores? is it harder for us to get in? and if we come from an underrepresented country, is it actually easier to get in?</p>

<p>Yes, if you are from an overrepresented country (china, india, south korea etc), it is harder to get in. Add to that, if you need financial aid, your are chances are very slim. Out of the 150 international students in the class of 2013, only 6 internationals received any kind of aid.</p>

<p>what if we come from an underrepresented country? like cambodia? is our chance better or still less than coming from america?</p>

<p>Well, that depends on how many applicants they have from your country that year and also the number of students they have from your country in that school. Let's just say that your chance is higher when there is no one from your country in the whole school compared to if they already have one or two there who are doing their sophomore or junior year. However, this is only the case if your grades are borderline. If your grades are good, I think they will admit you regardless of whether you are from an underrepresented country or not.</p>

<p>It's pretty clear that there are no quota's in college admissions. That said, college want to create a class of very unique individuals. The best thing you can do is apply with strong grades, letters of rec., SAT's and EC's. </p>

<p>The other stuff doesn't matter if you aren't strong enough to do the work there. That said, if everything else is good - coming from a place like Cambodia is fairly abnormal in most college application pools so that can certainly help you. </p>

<p>Financial Aid for internationals will hurt you at almost every school because there are limited bucks that these schools have to through around for international students. but, you should still apply because internationals do get money and big dollar schools like Hopkins do have the money. </p>


<p>There is the whole "they (in 99% of the cases) pay full boat" argument in admitting foreign kids.</p>