5 Tips For Chinese Students Who Want To Apply To US Universities
As overall international enrollment in US universities drops, one country is still increasing its share of students: China.
The number of students who are coming to the States from China rose 6.8% over the previous year, continuing the trend of more incoming Chinese college students with families who can afford raising tuition and fees.
Data from the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) shows that in the 2016-17 school year, a total of 350,755 Chinese students were enrolled in U.S. universities, accounting for 32.5% of the total 1.08 million international students in the United States.
Studying and receiving a college education in the US is still a growing trend around the world.
Going abroad for education and international degrees can have tremendous benefits for both students and the countries they visit. Students can and often do return to their home countries once they complete their degrees.
If you are in China and want to get accepted at a top university in the US, you may find some challenges along the way. And, keep in mind that exceptional scoring on US standardized tests (including the ACT or SAT) will not guarantee admission into every university.
Things to think about
As an international student, you might want to consider hiring a college specialist or counselor who can assist you with the process. By hiring a specialist, you can ensure a better chance of getting into the university of your choice.
Below is a list of 5 crucial tips for international students who want to apply to colleges in the United States.
Represent yourself in the best light. Be true to yourself, knowing that your skills, knowledge, and abilities are your strongest assets.
Be honest in every step of the process; it shows character–which can also be a factor in the selection of students at any college. In today’s tech-savvy world, for every student (local or international) it is all too easy to have a ghostwriter assist with writing paperwork, applications and essays. Universities are increasingly paying closer attention to admission documents and essays that come from any applicant–international or otherwise.
Patience. Like everything in life, the process of getting into any college is one that takes time. Many factors figure into the college decision-making process.
Globally, the method for gaining admission to an outstanding college might be different than what how we do things here in the US. For example, test scores are not the only factor that weigh into the admission decision process.
What can you do?
For example, volunteering efforts can increase your personal enrichment and growth outside of school. Also, when you participate in outside activities, you can demonstrate grit, leadership skills, and self-motiviation. And, volunteering also shows you have an interest in making the world a better place for social causes. Choose things you like to do, but don’t get involved for the sake of a college application–do it for your own learning experience. Joining activities outside of the regular school day can expose you to unique life experiences, help you see and understand different cultures while providing a new perspective on an international scale.
Positive Impressions. Since there are a vast number of students who seek enrollment to US colleges, it is best to be proactive and put your best foot forward. Like a salesman selling a car, you should remember that essentially you are marketing yourself and your skills. Using this strategy can help you stand out from the crowd. How you present yourself on paper and in person can make all the difference in whether a university chooses to admit you.
For example, you can stand out by using video conferencing to introduce yourself, network, and make connections. Displaying an interest in giving back to your potential university can also help you stand out of from the crowd.
Practice English. Show how eager you are to experience the English language and practice it in your everyday life. By being proactive and growing your English skills, you can show another facet to your character, transparency, and enthusiasm. However, don’t give up on your home language because having bilingual skills is a benefit for you and the globe.
Take time to learn about the US culture and study how native speakers use English. For example, using jokes and humor can help you make friends in the States, as well as a leave a positive impression on all of those you come across.
Research. Use your immense research skills and knowledge to find the right school for you. Take your time to ensure you pick the right college. In doing so, you can increase your odds of admission.
Universities are not created equal. Therefore, do your homework; it will save you time and energy in the long run.
You can get more information about the admission process and school admission requirements at any university website. For example, you can look at the admission requirements for Harvard here: https://college.harvard.edu.
If you are from China, I’d love to hear what your experience has been getting into colleges in the US as well as any tips you can share.