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Advice from Admissions Experts on Strengthening Your Application

US News and World Report recently asked college admissions experts to answer the question: "What are some tips for international students to keep in mind and how are they evaluated compared to U.S. students?" And they came away with some useful advice for prospective international students on how to get accepted to U.S. schools.

The tips provided include:

- Look at lesser known schools so you are competing against fewer other international students for admission
- In your application, highlight what you bring to the school in terms of diversity and academic/extracurricular interests
- Do well on your TOEFL or IELTS

For more advice from admissions officers, also look at the New York Times "The Choice" blog. They recently did a series in which admissions experts answered questions submitted by readers. None of the questions are specifically about international students, but they still provide some useful insights into what admissions officers may be looking for in your application.