Here is an essay from a Malaysian student who got into all the eight Ivy Leagues. Her admission success was because of number of factors, not just the essay. However, the simplicity and authenticity of the essay shows that you do not need to write about solving world hunger or middle east problems. Key to writing a good essay is to just being you and talking about events in your life that have influenced you as a student, as a child and as a person.
As U.S. state schools face lingering funding challenges brought on by the 2007-2009 recession, they're turning to a growing pool of full-tuition-paying students from abroad to replenish their coffers, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research that calculates a strong link between changes in state appropriations and foreign enrollment at U.S. public colleges. To Continue Reading
International students seeking a medical degree in the United States face serious difficulties.First, there is often a language barrier. Students from non-English speaking countries could have a hard time understanding their work or communicating with professors.
‘Tis the season! While that statement inevitably makes many people think of holiday lights, or dreidels and menorahs, and gift buying, for thousands of high school seniors and their parents, December is the advent of college application deadlines, and one of the most stressful times of their lives. Many students apply Early Decision or Early Action these days, and deal with this mountain of anxiety in the early fall, but with most final school deadlines on January 1st, winter break is the quintessential time for stressed out seniors and nagging parents.
David Coleman spearheaded a sweeping redesign of America's oldest college entrance exam. His plan to act fast – and tie the test to the controversial Common Core - stirred up internal resistance and created new problems.
After careful research and organization, Danville Area High School senior Abby Raup knew American University in Washington, D.C. was her first choice to study politics. She would do anything increase her chances of acceptance.
"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education." — John Alexander Smith, 1914, Oxford University
Even though more than a century has passed since Professor Smith opened his course with this rather surprising monologue, his message is as essential today as it was not only then, but for centuries before that.
The holidays bring a break from school that provides a good time for high school students to make progress in their college searches. The Meredith College Office of Admissions offers the following tips for high school seniors on making the most of this opportunity: To Continue Reading
An estimated one out of six students struggles with the standardized tests that are crucial to college admissions. Thanks to subpar SAT or ACT scores, these teens never get a chance to show schools just what good students they are.
Luckily for them, a growing number of top-notch colleges are de-emphasizing those tests, and have created applications that give students the option of not submitting test scores. That’s the good news.
What are college admission officers looking for as they review your child’s application?The admissions process varies and can be subjective to some degree, but here are 10 things that could help your child stand out and score acceptance letters from his or her favorite schools.
According to a recent report by Expert Market, which analyzed data from Payscale's 2016-2017 College Salary Report, those studying math or media and communications are in luck — they can expect to earn about 80% more than their starting salary after 10 years on the job:
There's a difference between the best business schools and the best value business schools — and since traditional MBA's cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, it's wise to consider the potential return on your investment.
Did your dream college reject your carefully crafted early action or early decision application? This is the bad news – but the good news is that, although rejection hurts, you have a second chance to reapply and restate your case with the regular application pool.
A year after switching to a test-optional admissions policy, George Washington University said this week that its latest freshman class is the most racially diverse in the school’s history. To Continue Reading
As Kushner's acceptance to Harvard comes under renewed scrutiny, Daniel Golden, who wrote the book on preferential treatment, gives us an update on admissions at elite universities. To Continue Reading
To guide you, here’s our annual ranking of full-time U.S. MBA programs (international rankings are coming soon), based on data we compiled from more than 1,000 recruiters, 15,000 alumni, and 9,000 recent graduates. On top of that, our Ranking Index Score shows, for example, that Stanford grabbed the No. 2 spot this year but was in a dead heat with several other programs, while Harvard was the clear No. 1.
Yale’s undergraduate acceptance rate for the class of 2021 will increase in the coming admissions cycle because of the 175 additional spots in the freshman class afforded by the two new residential colleges. To Continue Reading
The biggest news this week was obviously the US presidential election. While the effects of the presidential election on higher education remain to be seen, a number of states had ballot measures this election cycle that could affect higher education . Inside Higher Ed put together a post on state-level measures, how people voted, and how they will affect higher education in those states. To Continue Reading
With college costs rising, more families are concerned with the ROI of a college education. With shifting attitudes toward higher education as a training ground for future career success,more college rankings lists are focusing on outcomes, like post graduate salaries, to rate colleges.
A new report released by Glassdoor this week identified the 50 highest paying college majors based on data gathered by the site. STEM majors took most of the top spots, with computer science coming in at number one. Other high-paying majors include architecture, fashion design, marketing, and political science.
Some colleges are extending early application deadlines for students affected by Hurricane Matthew. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill announced this week that the early application deadline for students affected by the hurricane has been extended to October 23. The University of South Carolina has also extended its early deadline to October 23.
For students interested in applying early decision — a binding agreement between an applicant and a school wherein the applicant commits to attending the school if extended an offer of admission ahead of regular admissions — this is a critical time of year. While there are no standardized deadlines among colleges and universities offering early decision programs, most will begin the process in November.
Interesting article with great insights on how to think about the college application early decision process. Read more
The Wall Street Journal debuted its inaugural college rankings list this week, with Stanford University taking the top spot. While we always advise students not to put too much thought into where a college falls on a list, the data collected by lists can be helpful when making college choices. What’s interesting about this WSJ list is, unlike with US News and some other lists, selectivity isn’t considered. Instead, the WSJ list focuses more on student outcomes and opinions on the quality of education.
An interesting and informative post by Glenn Leibowitz (Mckinsey head of communication, Greater China) on how students aspiring to get into top MBA programs should start early on their applications and pay extra attention to essay writing. These are two very important things for every student applying to top MBA schools to remember.
At Stoodnt, we could not agree more with Glenn's insights and advice. This is something we keep emphasizing with parents and students who are interested in pursuing their education in U.S., especially at the top schools.
As the SAT struggles to curb cheating overseas and the leak of questions on new tests, the ACT is also struggling with its own security problems. It was recently revealed that cheating was a huge problem in a program ran by the testing agency,and now the ACT is taking steps to fix the problem. Read more at
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It was revealed this week that the University of Pennsylvania will now allow applicants to use Score Choice, meaning they can choose which SAT or ACT scores they report to the college when applying for admission. Find more at
It is very important for students applying to U.S. colleges (Undergrad or Grad) to understand what college admission team looks for in a successful applicant's profile.
Unlike, many International countries where admissions are based on objective test scores, U.S. colleges use mix of objective and subjective criteria to evaluate an applicant's profile and to guide their decision process. This process is no different than how companies hire employees. Hence, do your research on the college, speak with your school admission counselor or engage with an independent admission counselor as they may insights on these aspects for each individual school.
Article discussing the rise in college costs in U.S., at a rate far higher than inflation. The article speaks about number of factors influencing the increase of costs. As we all know, the price of any service is dependant on demand, supply and the cost for a service provider to deliver it.
Over the last few years, the demand for a good college education has kepy increasing, especially with the rise in International applicants from all over the world aspiring to study in the U.S. On the supply side, seats at the top schools have pretty much stayed the same. As covered in a U.S. news article in 2014, Mitchell Stevens, professor at Stanford and author of "Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites, sais “It’s not a pretty picture in the ecology overall. It’s a hyper competitiveness for a small number of schools and a maldistribution of seats in the more open access. There are 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States; there are plenty of seats in the system overall. There are just a limited number of seats at the top.”
Secondly, over the last few years, many states in U.S. faced with decreasing budgets have reduced their grants and subsidies, including research grants, for universities. With this decrease in external funding and increasing competition from companies, universities are increasing tuition to pay attractive salaries to faculty and retain them on their campuses.
At the end, what matters is if spending so much money on education in worth the investment. At Stoodnt, we believe U.S. colleges offer the best value for money for students as they have a lot to offer and also provide a strong platform for future career and professional growth. Students and parents can easily recover the value of investment once they get into a good career job.
Read CNBC article at http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/12/college-costs-are-out-of-control.html
Forbes just released the 2016 list of top colleges. Stanford gets the honors for being at the top of the list with a few smaller colleges such as Williams, Pomona, Swarthmore and Wesleyan making it into the top 10 colleges. Others in the top 10 are the usual, well known colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT etc.
This list of colleges re-enforces Stoodnt's advice to number of students, parents in International markets to spend time and effort in creating their college shortlist and also go beyond the well known schools. U.S. has hundreds of great schools and options for every student, key is identifying the ones that may be a good fit and where you may have a higher chance of gaining admission.
See the full list at http://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliesportelli/2016/07/06/the-full-list-of-americas-top-colleges-2016/#60cb70c269a4
CNN money published a list of world's top employes for new graduating students. As expected, Google and Apple are the top employers in this list given their "cool factor", workplace perks and company talent. Talented graduating students are always attracted to companies that can provide them an environment to continue enhancing on their skills, experience and knowledge.
However, it was interesting to see a number of global acccounting and consulting firms in the top 15 of this list, including Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG, Mckinsey BCG etc. One of the reasons, these companies attract students from all over the world, is they can be a good training ground and workplace for fresh graduates to learn and experience about number of areas, projects before they decide what is more interesting for them to build a career in it.
See the full list at http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2016/06/29/worlds-top-employers-new-grads/index.html
You can find summer reading lists at schools, libraries, on the Internet and in bookstore, but here’s a unique one that you can only find in this post. This annual summer reading list for parents, students and everybody else– novels, memoirs, biographies, classics, new titles, etc. — consists of recommendations from a group of college admissions counselors and deans.
Another news around International students (Indian) being asked to leave a U.S. university and return home. Sad day for the students who came to U.S. to achieve their dreams and a setback for the university looking to increase international students on its campus.
Most of the U.S. universities would like to admit international students on their campus but are struggling to attract the right profile of students. They are dependent on number of agents in foreign countries who would do anything to make their fees without worrying what happens to a university or the student.
Parents and students engaging with counselors and agents have to be careful and do their due diligence. If any counselor or agent is gauranteeing admission to a student, irrespective of their academic profile, the student need to be careful in engaging with the outfit or individual as the end result can end terribly wrong.
On the other hand, universities relying heaving on the agent network for international student recruitment need to find better, transparent ways to engage with the student through technology platforms, videos, examples of their work etc. before admitting them. These interactions need to be direct and not through agents where outcomes can be subverted or changes.
Education USA is a site managed and run by state department with the objective of helping International students from all over the world apply to U.S. colleges. The site has a wealth of information on the application process, how to prepare and has information on number of financial aid scholarships available to International students.
Over last 18 years, we have been asked numerous times by parents, students if pursuing an MBA is worth it. Today, when I saw this article in CNBC, I made the decision to share this with thousands of other students who are debating is they want to do an MBA after their undergrad or after getting some work experience.
Usually, my guidance to students is they should do an MBA if they are 1) interested in gaining more knowledge, expertise and specialization in a certain field such as finance etc. 2) want to round off their current expertise and experience with general management knowledge 3) get admitted in a top MBA school that can enhance their background and resume.
An informative news coverage from CNBC worth looking at by anyone looking to study in a U.S. college or looking at supplementing their educational careeres with online degree or coursework. It appears more and more employers are considering online degrees, especially ones from reputed costs. Online degree do save money for the students and benefits them to increase their knowledge and expertise.
Our view at Stoodnt is online degrees will continue to grow and does offer international students a good opportunity if they are looking to gain expertise and knowledge in a special field. We plan to create a Stoodnt corner on Online degree opportunities for the benefit of students globally.
UC system has a lot to offer, including nice weather, and admits a large number of international students each year. There are a few changes UC is implemting for students applying for 2017 admissions. No major changes but a few changes on personal statement that may help students share more about themselves in the application.
Common Application announced the essay prompts for 2017 fall admissions will stay the same as the ones for 2016 admissions. What is interesting is some of the data shared by Common Application on what essay prompts were used by students in 2015-2016 application cycle. No major surprises, just supporting the guidance to students to write about what they are comfortable with and what may help an admission’s officer get to know them better.
Among the more than 800,000 unique applicants who have submitted a Common App so far during the 2015-2016 application cycle, 47 percent have chosen to write about their background, identity, interest, or talent - making it the most frequently selected prompt; 22 percent have chosen to write about an accomplishment, 17 percent about a lesson or failure, 10 percent about a problem solved, and four percent about an idea challenged.
A recent article in WSJ covered number of reasons why huge number of Chinese students come to the U.S. for education. The primary reason being they’re eager to escape flawed education systems back home, where low standards are leaving many ill-prepared for a global economy.
This is not the case for only China but most of the Asian, African and Latin American countries. With rising aspirations of middle class in these countries, many parents want to invest in their children future by giving them the option of studying abroad and acquiring knowledge and skills that can prepare their children to compete in global economy.
It was interesting to see a recent SEVP report showing a big jump in number of Indian students studying in U.S., with numbers of students coming close to 200,000 in 2015. Looks like more and more parents, students are looking at enhancing their educational experience in U.S. as it has great options to offer on undergraduate, graduate and other technical programs, irrespective of any major they choose from. Read more at Times of India
Stoodnt hosted its first webinar on April 29, 2016. It was well attended by a number of students and parents from all over the world.
Martin Walsh, former Asst. Dean of Admissions at Stanford University, shared his thoughts on how U.S. universities evaluate a student's application and what students should do to strengthen their profile. Participants found the webinar informative and rated it as excellent. Audience was engaged and asked a number of excellent questions.
Click below to view the webinar (and please share with others that are interested). Stay tuned for our next webinar....many more to be scheduled soon!
Summer is almost here and summer programs are a great way to explore your interests and start to think about your next steps going forward. But it's important to remember that summer programs do not guarantee admission