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Any truth to these ? [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2005, 12:23
Linda,

Not sure if u wud feel comfortable answering/clarifying these questions. Plz feel free to say "may be", even if u think that there might be a small truth to these statements/rumors:

1. Indian applicants should only apply in round 1, there is almost no chance for them in round 2 in most top 10 programs. I know u say that one has **same** chances in R1 and R2, does this hold true for indian applicants as well ?

2. To have a chance in Harvard, indian applicants should **ONLY** apply in round 1 and not even bother to apply in round 2 in Harvard. Any truth to this ? May be true ? Do indian applicants have **same** chance even in Harvard in R1 and R2 ?

3. If an indian is a US permanent resident, he no longer belongs to the international indian pool and rather put in the pool of domestic US applicants, thus increasing that indian applicant's chances of admission.. True ? May be ?



Wud appreciate your insights in this. I know **ALL** schools deny these rumors, altho they seem to be discussed everywhere earnestly.


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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2005, 12:41
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how many indians you know that are US citizens and apply to HBS..I know a lot..I think the US pool is the most competitive, not least because of all the smart desis and chinese and korean kids who apply there...

I think the next toughest pool is indians, followed by chinese...

but I think HBS prefers chinese students, cause as we all know China will be dominant in the 21st century and HBS would like to have more of its alum from there than any other potential upcoming power...of course India too is a rising power, but HBS has got too many of them applying via US and INDIAN pools...
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Re: Any truth to these ? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2005, 15:44
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Linda,

Not sure if u wud feel comfortable answering/clarifying these questions. Plz feel free to say "may be", even if u think that there might be a small truth to these statements/rumors:

1. Indian applicants should only apply in round 1, there is almost no chance for them in round 2 in most top 10 programs. I know u say that one has **same** chances in R1 and R2, does this hold true for indian applicants as well ?

2. To have a chance in Harvard, indian applicants should **ONLY** apply in round 1 and not even bother to apply in round 2 in Harvard. Any truth to this ? May be true ? Do indian applicants have **same** chance even in Harvard in R1 and R2 ?

3. If an indian is a US permanent resident, he no longer belongs to the international indian pool and rather put in the pool of domestic US applicants, thus increasing that indian applicant's chances of admission.. True ? May be ?



Wud appreciate your insights in this. I know **ALL** schools deny these rumors, altho they seem to be discussed everywhere earnestly.


Thanks


Here are my thoughts on the above:

1) The bolded statement is false IMO. WE have certainly had Indian applicants accepted at top programs R2. I don't know if there is a drop in acceptance rates for Indians, but I don't believe so, certainly not at all top programs.

2) Ditto.

3) Maybe. The permanent resident will not have visa or work permit issues upon graduation. That may give a slight edge, but admissions is much more complex and nuanced than visa status.

As I have said many, many times ,the key is to turn yourself from an "Indian" or a "Chinese" or an engineer into an individual who can't be stuck with a simplistic label.

I was recently talking to someone whose son was accepted to Stanford undergard. I asked the mother what she thought her son did correctly, in a nutshell her son displayed diverse interests and made it difficult for the schools to say , "He is just a [fill in the blank]." Through his application he presented a multi-dimensional picture of himself that made it difficult to pigeon-hole him. do the same.

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