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.