International Students

Will Demanding 10th-Grade Courses Impress Colleges?

Question: I was just wondering. In my school, American School of Paris I am in 10th grade and am currently taking two AP courses (APUSH and APCOMSI) and an Honors course (Advanced Algebra Precalculus). Do you think that with a B average in these classes can show on my college applications my growth and willingness ...

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Essay Editing for International Student?

Hi! I’m an international applicant applying for universities this year. Do u mind to help me in editing my expression errors for my essays? I’m really desperate cos I can’t get much help from the school and my English is quite weak. Thank you so much! Sorry, but “The Dean” doesn’t do essay editing. I ...

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College Application Advice for New Student from Brazil

Question: Hi, I’m from Brazil but will be moving to the US in september.(legally) I will be starting senior year there and was wondering what would change in the admission process for a college. I would be taking the SATs just like any other student. I was wondering how they will evaluate my GPA given ...

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Early Action for International Applicants?

Question: Are International Students eligible to apply for Early Actions in US colleges? And if they are, then is it beneficial to them in any case? Up until last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was the only university on The Dean’s “radar screen” that did NOT allow international students to apply via Early Action. ...

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Gap Year Ideas for International Student?

Question: I’m taking a gap year to apply to the US but have little to do during it. I’m interested in Engineering and was thinking of learning coding during this time. I wanted to know if this is a good idea and if you could provide advice on what to do during this time. I’m ...

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“Safety Schools” for International Student Needing Financial Aid?

Question: Dear Dean, I am an international student who will be applying this year to colleges in the United States. Unfortunately, my family requires full financial assistance to afford to send me to college. Would you advise that I apply to smaller Liberal Arts Colleges, or to larger Universities? My current college list is a ...

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Admissions & FinAid Benefits of a Green Card

Question: Does having a green card ( not a US citizen ) result in any reduction in college fee or does it increase the chances of getting financial aid? Are green card holders eligible of the US Federal Financial Aid? Having a green card makes a huge difference. For starters, green-card holders (i.e., official U.S. ...

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