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A Critical Eye on Chinese Students in the US

  • Jessica Stahl

With the number of Chinese students in the U.S. continuing to grow, some recent news articles have turned a critical eye towards these students and their impact on U.S. colleges.

The Global Post wrote the controversially-titled, "Elite Asian students cheat like mad on US college applications," reporting:
Among Asian high society, and particularly in China, parents’ obsession with sending their offspring to US colleges has given rise to a lucrative trade of application brokers. Depending the degree of assistance, families can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000. ...

A 250-student survey by Zinch China, a Beijing wing of the California-based Zinch education consultancy, suggests college application fraud among Chinese students is extremely pervasive. According to the survey, roughly 90 percent of recommendation letters to foreign colleges are faked, 70 percent of college essays are ghostwritten and 50 percent of high school transcripts are falsified.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported on the "lure of Chinese tuition," and the response of Americans who feel they are being pushed out of public universities by international students (who not only bring diversity to the school, but also pay out-of-state tuition rates and help the school's bottom line):
At UC San Diego, Chinese students say they are viewed skeptically by other students who think they’re only there because they pay more, said Zijin Xiao, 20, a freshman from Shenzhen, China.

“They think ‘The foreign students, they admit some who are not fit, maybe they’re not good at academics,’” Xiao said. “It makes me upset.”

What do you think? Are these assessments fair? Are they accurate?
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