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on r/appyingtocollege, UPENN AO conducted an AMA session and mentioned that your high school's profile matters and in my case, my indian school is a very big school but doesn't send anyone to the US, like if i get in, i'll be the first ever in my school's 27 year history to be admitted in the USA
does that profile acts as an pro cause i am trying to go above and beyond or a con as they won't have a idea of my context(but i don't think this will be the case cause my school transcript include highest, average and my score graphically for all subjects which shows i am one of the best in my class)
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This a great question, thanks for asking! In the U.S. admissions officers will use high school profiles to determine if schools are underserved or overserved, just as another person mentioned. Since you’re coming from India, admissions officers will use high school profiles in a similar way. If your school is underresourced and you have a really strong profile academically, this may be seen as a pro to admissions officers. However as some other users mentioned there are a lot of international students coming from India, so if you aren’t coming from a prestigious school it may be difficult considering the need-aware aspect of admissions for international students.
High school profiles matter because application offices use that information to figure out whether applicants are underserved, overserved, underrated, or overrated. They the data on the school profile to better understand what the demographics are for your school and compare it to other schools in the district, to understand course rigor at your school, and to see where stand are in relationship to other students locally, state-wise, and in your country India.
If you come from a family of means that can pay for your education that will matter in the case of UPenn, since it is a "need-aware" college like Cornell.
I think if your school hasn't had a track record to send anyone to the US in 27 years, yet India remains the second most active country in the world to send students to the US at (200,000) per year (now less of course due to COVID-19), I'm not sure that need aware Ivy's are trying to promote more Indian diversity. I could be wrong.
I think it's safe to assume that you have to have a better application file than other Indian students who attend schools that already have a long-standing relationship with UPenn. The many private boarding schools in India still have an advantage.
I agree with @CameronBameron here. I don't know why the two other responders are saying that it'll be a pro. India is the 2nd most-represented international country in the US (in undergrad and grad). Colleges will probably look at your profile (especially transcripts and school report) even more carefully if they find out that nobody from your school has ever been admitted to a US college. I highly doubt you'll get an admission boost because of this.
Hi, a fellow Indian here. I think that you have a huge pro for your profile. As you will be the first ever student in your school's 27 year history to be admitted in the USA, you will be found interesting to colleges. As mani_100 said, 'school profiles offer colleges a quick way to get a sense of the applicant's school and community.' Colleges not only want to see good grades, but how unique you are on your application, which will then provoke them to choose you! The amount of clubs, good you do for your community, and top-notch grades, along with a great essay, will give you a huge number of chances to get accepted.
I wish you good luck!
And I hope you get accepted to your dream college!
That is an absolute pro! AOs will see that you have the capabilities to go there, and you can create a big impact in your community if you do get accepted as the first person to go to the U.S in 27 years, that's a double win! School profiles offer colleges a quick way to get a sense of the applicant's school and community. It can give a sense to AOs of where you stand (compared to everyone else), and that matters when they're deciding if you should be accepted. They want someone who's unlike to rest and out of the box.
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