U.S. Colleges Recruiting in China Results in Application Increase

February 11, 2011

The number of Chinese students at U.S. colleges increased 30% last year, partly in response to direct recruiting by colleges. How does a U.S. college evaluate a Chinese applicant? And why do Chinese applicants tend to submit glossy four-color brochures with their applications? At Grinnell College in Iowa, almost 10% of its freshman applicants this year are from China, and half of them have perfect 800s on their SAT in Math. Aside from the direct SAT comparison to U.S. high schoolers, grades for Chinese applicants tend to be lower (some attribute this to less "grading on a curve") and there is a dearth of Advanced Placement courses available. The glossy color brochures sent in by Chinese candidates – prepared for a fee on the advice of paid "advisors," and Grinnell tosses most in the garbage, unread. Essays from Chinese applicants are another tough subject, as some families are said to hire ghostwriters to prepare the essay. Balance this against the potential for a full tuition paying applicant, and you can see the dilemma that Grinnell and other colleges face, especially when the Chinese students do just as well as American-educated ones. The bottom line is that Chinese applicants are becoming a major factor in the college admissions equation, so get used to it.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


Did You Know?

With the number of applicants now using the Common App and the ease of submitting an online application (in the 2010-11 cycle, 1.8 million applications were submitted as of January 1, 2011), admissions officers are looking for more than just an application to make admissions decisions - you need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the school.  The best ways to do this include visiting the campus, having a campus interview if offered, attending college fairs and completing the intake form for schools you are really interested in, attending any local events in your area sponsored by the college, and emailing the admissions counselors with specific questions about programs that interest you.  These steps can help to differentiate you from the herd of "stealth applicants" who use the Common App as their sole contact with the school.



Way Back When College Was a Buyer’s Market

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Ni Hao! – NYU to open Shanghai campus

March 27, 2011

New York University announced plans to establish a degree-granting campus in Shanghai. NYU's president was expected to sign an agreement on March 28 with Chinese officials to seal the deal. This move signals a continuing trend for American universities. NYU already has a degree-granting campus… Read More>>



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