Month: April 2016

Why US universities are changing what they look for in students, and how Asians are affected

Changwook Shim displays formidable academic credentials. The Hong Kong International School (HKIS) student has a grade point average of 3.9 (out of a possible 4), scored 2,320 out of a possible 2,400 on his SAT, and earned 35 out of a possible 36 in the ACT college admissions test. He is just as impressive outside the classroom. Now 18, Shim has led the HKIS volleyball and debating teams, and plays the viola for his school orchestra and the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. And as president of the North Korean Refugee Club, he recruited fellow students to make videos to teach English to refugees living in South Korea. A maths whiz, he represented Hong Kong and his school in prestigious maths competitions, completed a University of Hong Kong undergraduate linear algebra course with distin...

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