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How can an international applicant stand out in college applications?

Hi everyone, I'm an international student considering applying to US colleges. I know the competition can be tough, so what can I do to make my application stand out as an international applicant? Do colleges expect different things from international students compared to domestic applicants? Thanks in advance for any advice!

9 months ago

Hello! It's fantastic that you're considering applying to US colleges. As an international applicant, there are several ways you can stand out in the admissions process.

First, focus on your unique cultural background and experiences. Colleges value diversity in thought and experiences, so incorporating your perspective and how it has shaped your life can help you stand out.

Second, like domestic students, demonstrating your commitment to extracurricular activities and showcasing leadership skills can make a difference in your application. Colleges often look for students who will contribute positively to the community, so make sure to emphasize your involvement.

Third, you may be required to take English proficiency exams like TOEFL or IELTS, as these can help demonstrate your ability to perform well academically in the US. Scoring well in these exams can boost your application.

Fourth, focus on obtaining strong recommendation letters from teachers and mentors. A genuine and detailed letter that highlights your strengths and dedication can go a long way in setting you apart from other candidates.

Finally, regardless of where an applicant is applying from, US colleges want to see a strong academic profile, so work hard in your classes, and try to sign up for more challenging offerings, if possible.

Good luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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