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3. Soft Factors
As well as test scores and academic qualifications, most American colleges look at “soft factors” when assessing an application. These include extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, application essays and other relevant experience you might have.
4. The Common Application
The Common Application (or Common App for short) is a standardized, online application used by more than 600 colleges. Using this can make the application process much simpler.
Many U.S. colleges operate on a “need-aware” basis for international students. This is unlike the “need-blind” approach used for U.S. citizens (wherein a college will not consider ability to pay as part of an application and may offer financial aid to successful applicants).
When picking a college, it’s a good idea to get in touch with their international student advisor to ask about the application process (every college is a little different). They should also be able to answer any questions you have about the institution at which they work.