Many colleges take a vested interest in being able to claim that their student body is diverse. This begs the question: Do international students have a college admissions advantage in the US?
International students aren’t rare
If international students were truly unique, colleges might jump at the chance to have foreigners join their classrooms. In reality, though, the US is #1 in the world for international students! As a nation, the US accepts over 74,000 students from other countries each year.
Applying to a college in one of these top 10 countries means two things. First, international students are certainly welcome. Second, they aren’t new. While admissions representatives won’t hesitate to accept you, your nationality alone will not get you a ticket to university…
International students have to meet certain criteria
If you’ve looked at a US college application, then you already know that international students have to prove a number of things that their peers in the US do not.
For example, they have to take the TOEFL or IELTS and show that their English is up to par. They may also have to prove that their high school diploma is equivalent to that of a US diploma– a feat that is often accomplished by participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.