January 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel
Much to the delight of many would-be international students, the college admissions process is no longer a black and white affair. Indeed, given the ever-increasing contribution that international student enrollment make to both the campus diversity and bottom line of colleges and universities in the US, more students than ever are finding that the answer is not yes or no – but maybe.
Driven in part by the increased competition for international students among American institutes of higher education, more and more flexibility is being applied to admissions criteria. Thus, instead of relying purely on a student’s performance in secondary school or on a proficiency exam, such decisions are being made by holistically evaluating a combination of factors. If a given student’s English proficiency test scores fail to meet the establish benchmarks, then, an offer of conditional admission may be extended instead. Read the rest of this entry »