I’ve often been asked how U.S. colleges go about admitting international students. The questions are usually centered upon quotas—limits to how many students can be admitted from a particular region of the world. Because certain countries often send such “incredible” students to U.S. colleges, and only a few of them are admitted year to year to a given school, there must be a predetermined number of admission slots per country goes the thinking. Right? Wrong. Most admission officers don’t have an imagined number of admits in mind when comparing applicants from one country against another’s. Instead, when sifting through a set of applications, they might pivot towards the “best” applications they’ve seen in a given context, regardless of country. “Best,” you see, is often variable; there’s more than one version of it. What’s valued in one part of the world might look different in another. For more on how the international student admissions process works at U.S. universities, check out the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
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