Who is this FAQ for?

Choosing a college

The application process

College financing

The next step



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Who is this FAQ for?

Choosing A College

How hard is it to get into the Ivy League and top US schools from Hong Kong?
What’s the difference between going to a public and private university?
What are community colleges? Should I consider community colleges?
What are college rankings? Are these useful in selecting schools to apply to?
How do I choose the right college or university? updated!
How many schools should I apply to? What is a reasonable number?
Early Decision and Early Action – What’s the difference? Should I apply to them?
What is accreditation? Are all colleges and universities in the US accredited?

The Application Process

What do the top US colleges and universities look for in an applicant?
Are my chances better if I apply for certain areas of study?
Do local or international schools have a better chance to get into the top schools?
What test scores are needed to get in? What strategy should I take on tests?
How do I go about the essay?
How are admissions decisions made anyway?

College Financing

Do US colleges and universities offer financial aid to Hong Kong students at all?
What kinds of financial aid are available to Hong Kong students?
Should I apply to schools if I need financial aid? updated!

The Next Step

Where do I get started with this whole application process - a big task ahead?
What can the parent do to help? updated!

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The Next Step


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