October 17, 2013

5 Things International College Applicants Should Know, But Often Don't

1. Colleges often limit international applicants to a maximum of 10% of the admitted class, and they likely won't give any financial aid to international applicants. So, if you don't need financial aid, make that clear on your application.

2. English proficiency exams like TOEFL and IELTS are incredibly important to demonstrate English proficiency.

3. SAT/ACT scores matter a lot because colleges won't necessarily know how to interpret your transcript.

4. American colleges place a higher value on extracurriculars than do schools in other countries.

5. You can still get a great education from a school that isn't famous. There's no need to apply only to famous schools (like those in the Ivy League). Your odds of gaining admission are relatively low at those schools, since the competition is significantly steeper to gain admission to them.

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