Ivy League Admission and India

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Students in India are increasingly turning to Ivy League colleges as admission gets tougher at Indian universities.

The competition to get into universities in India has been getting tougher. In fact, if the cumulative score on one’s final high school examinations, doesn’t meet a certain standard, you may be not have a very good shot at all at admission to a university in India like Delhi University. So what are students in India doing? They’re turning to the United States – and specifically the Ivy League – when admission proves too difficult in India (or even if they can get admitted to universities in India). And that’s because Ivy League colleges are admitting foreign students. They’re full pays. They don’t get financial aid. In our struggling economy, Ivy League colleges can use foreign students who pay their full way as opposed to admitting American students who need financial aid.

Madhavi Chandra, a mother in India, posted with excitement when her daughter was admitted to the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. She also posted, according to the “New York Times,” “Strange swings this admission season has shown us. Can’t get into DU, can make it to the Ivies.” According to the “New York Times,” “Ms. Mohan, 18, is now one of a surging number of Indian students attending American colleges and universities, as competition in India has grown formidable, even for the best students. With about half of India’s 1.2 billion people under the age of 25, and with the ranks of the middle class swelling, the country’s handful of highly selective universities are overwhelmed.”

India trails only China in the number of its citizens it sends to universities in the United States. With many Indian universities issuing cutoff scores for admission and with international students finding a relatively easier time of gaining admission to highly selective colleges in the United States, the trend seems to make good sense. The percentage of Indian students at U.S. colleges has even grown by 20% in the last few years, according to the “New York Times.”  Indeed highly selective colleges like Ivy League colleges are ramping up their recruiting efforts overseas in nations such as India as more and more students turn to our universities in pursuit of American diplomas.

Check out this post on the Ivy League and India or this one on University Admission in India.


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  • Alex says:

    For the schools at the very top, the quality of your undergraduate school matters a lot. For example, at my MBA program at Duke, there was only one student from one of the California State University schools but there were about 12 students who had gone to one of the University of a California schools. Looking at the schools that my classmates attended, the vast majority went to good private schools or high qialuty public schools. Very few went to third tier schools or lower. Those who did were nearly perfect in every other way. I’ve noticed similar backgrounds for graduate students whom I’ve taught at MIT and Wharton.As another example, there were nine people accepted to the PhD program in Finance at Berkeley the year that I got in. Of those nine, one had gone to Harvard, one to Brown, one to the University of Paris, one to Georgetown and Chicago, one had gone to Wisconsin, one had gone to Carnegie-Mellon and USC, one had gone to MIT, one had gone to one of the best schools in Canada, and I had gone to Villanova and Duke. Tell me if you think the quality of schools matter?

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