I know that when picking and choosing students for a new cohort, many prominent US universities tend to use affirmative action to support those from less affluent backgrounds. Does this also hold when admitting international students, or deciding on which international student to provide scholarships? In other words, would a top school prefer to admit more students from Africa and China as opposed to Germany or Japan, and prefer to provide scholarships disproportionate to the number of students attending; i.e. more scholarships per capita for students from third world countries?

  • Seems likely to be institution dependent. – Jon Custer Apr 30 at 13:23
  • Are you referring to graduate or undergraduate admissions?" – GoodDeeds Apr 30 at 13:50
  • Most international undergraduate admissions are heavily biased to people to people who won't take financial aid. Origin is less important than the money. Graduate admissions are less biased although country of origin does matter a fair amount there, especially for funded positions. – user120011 Apr 30 at 14:23
  • 1. Both undergraduate and graduate, but primarily undergraduate, where the lion's share of tuition revenue comes from. 2. But institutions usually have a small number of international students who receive full financial aid -- wouldn't that favor students who are not able to pay? Giving positive bias to wealthy students in that arena doesn't make much sense. – Something Else Apr 30 at 15:13

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