How are international students evaluated?

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How are international students evaluated?

Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

How are international students evaluated?

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Ainsley Parker
Regional Director of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

How are international students evaluated?

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Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

How are international students evaluated?

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

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Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

International Students

Evaluation of international students is a sensitive issue, especially since it's seems shrouded in secrecy. A few things are not debatable: colleges want international students because they add to geographic and cultural diversity . . . and also that they often can pay full fare! This has bound to have many U.S. students concerned about losing out in college admissions. At the same time, many universities are expanding their outreach efforts more than ever. This includes seeking students who are the first in their generation to go to college, prospective engineers and scientists, and underrepresented students. Students in these groups are certainly not all international students. International students apply just like others. In many cases, they must attain proficiency on the TOEFL test which assesses their abilities in speaking and writing. Generally, international applicants need to submit the regular application forms, required standardized test scores (e.g., SAT or ACT), recommendations and necessary fees.

Ellen erichards@ellened.com
Owner Ellen Richards Admissions Consulting

International students slowly but surely gaining a strong hold on America' schools

This year not once superceded, but surges in the amount of international applications submitted to American colleges. Traditionally Japan and South Korea send ore undergraduates to United States universities than any other country, with the exception of the United States. China seems to be rapidly reaching their competition and catching up the trend of having the youth of their countries educated by the mot elite colleges in the world. For example, 10 years ago 17 Chinese students applied to the University of Virginia; three years ago 177 students applied and this year 800 applied. Over the past three years, the number of Chinese applicants to Georgetown University has increased from 95 to 208, at George Mason increased from 54 to almost 100, George Washington University 270 to 350, Brown University from 16 t 500 an Stanford from 268 to 400. Many colleges have been capitalizing on Chinese interest in studying abroad and heavily recruiting in China, hoping to gain name recognition among the country’s increasing wealthy families.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

How are international students evaluated?

Basically using the same academic criteria as for U.S. citizens and residents. In all cases, the primary consideration is the GPA and the rigor of the high school courses. High schools usually send a school profile along with the required student transcript and report. There is also an international supplement required from the high school counselor. Transcripts and recommendations as well as any other supporting materials need to be officially translated into English. There are also transcript evaluation companies whose services may be required on occasion--check with the admissions department of each college on your list.

David Allen
Managing Director Global College Counselors Ltd

Carefully and fairly

Each college will have thier own international qualifications experts, often the admissions officers who travel to those countries - for those that are unfamiliar then there are agencies around who will offer US equivalences to every national system out there in order to calculate a GPA - it is still wise to make sure that some kind of equivalence to a US 4 point GPA scale is on your school transcript though.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Multiple-Step Process

While each individual college and university handles international evaluation slightly differently, the process will closely resemble the sample outlined below. Admission offices will begin by evaluating a student's academic credentials. Translated transcripts are evaluated within the context of the sending country by carefully trained experts in world-wide educational systems. That information is combined with standardized tests to determine a candidate's ability to successfully navigate the academic demands of the institution. Applicants who have the potential for academic success will be reviewed holistically through the general admission process. Academic eligibility does not mean that students will earn admission at competitive, highly selective institutions. A complete review of a candidate's personal statement, recommendations, and extracurricular involvement will determine the final offer of admission. After a candidate has been identified as an accepted student in the admission office, visa eligibility will be determined through a review of a candidate's certification of finances or I-94 form.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

How are international students evaluated?

International students' applications are evaluated in much the same way as other students' applications. However, special attention will be paid to your English language proficiency -- especially if your first language or the language in which your schooling was conducted -- was not English. In addition, because extracurricular activities and sometimes essays can be difficult to compare and assess across cultural boundaries -- there can be more of a reliance on standardized test scores. More and more colleges are becoming aware of the difficulties in confirming the accuracy of information on international applications so there may very well be more intense scrutiny in the near future. This is especially the case for some applications in certain parts of Asia. So -- write your own essays and be diligent about your test preparation. Put your best foot forward -- and above all -- present yourself with integrity and honesty. That way -- you'll have an application of which you can be proud.