April uncovered a Chinese student’s heartwarming University of Rochester application essay, which detailed his life-long love of instant ramen noodles—spoiler alert—he was accepted! Four years from now, he may be one of many Chinese graduates no longer interested in working for multinational companies with locations in China.

Non-religious boarding institutions are unhappy with Catholic schools’ aggressive recruitment of Chinese applicants. Do Chinese applicants truly understand the religious communities they’ll be joining? How do religious institutions include Chinese students who are generally unfamiliar with Christianity? These questions, among others, continue to fuel this contentious topic.

Whether or not the boarding environment is religious, it’s the right choice for many applicants. The Webb Schools’ “Boarding School Advantage” infographic compares the impact of boarding, day, and public schools on students’ lives. Boarding schools clearly have the highest impact, leading on many fronts.

Perhaps boarding schools’ benefits will improve Chinese students’ classroom skills and help them feel better prepared for the atmosphere of higher ed. One doctoral candidate presented her research discussing how “Chinese undergraduate students face challenges in adapting to American classroom practices and expectations but draw on personal, social, institutional and technological resources to respond to these challenges.” I think these challenges are closely connected to issues that the new 2016 SAT hopes to expose.

Arizona State University reported a rapidly expanding Chinese student population. The announcement includes one student’s personal ASU journey and findings that reveal, “after academic quality and safety, [Chinese students] were most influenced by employment opportunities in the U.S. after graduation, tuition and scholarship, or TA opportunities.”

Of course, not all Chinese high-school students can study at ASU. One English teacher in China replicated the PostSecret project with his students. It’s a rare look at the raw, secret feelings of notoriously private Chinese youths.

At any educational level, if you work in admissions, reach out to your institution’s China based alumni! It’s never too late to hold a reception for newly admitted Chinese students like College of the Holy Cross did last month.

That’s a wrap for April!


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