AntipodeanPhil wrote:mjitbswyd wrote:I just bought the USNEWS law school report and see that only 0.5% of Harvard's student body is "international".. But for Yale it's 5.1%.
I don't know what does "international" mean to USNEWS. Harvard say they have 11% non-US citizens, which obviously includes US undergrads. Does the 0.5% mean they only admit about 4 true internationals each year?
Wow. Canadians probably account for a large part of the discrepancy. I'm betting USNews doesn't consider Canadians "internationals," since they have GPAs that count, like Americans. It wouldn't surprise me if 5-6% of the students at Harvard are Canadians, given the large number of Canadians on the Harvard thread.
But Canadians can't account for the entire 10.5% difference between the numbers. I can only see two possible explanations:
1) USNews doesn't consider US permanent residents "internationals," but Harvard does. I doubt this is the explanation, though, as it's unlikely there would be that many US permanent residents at Harvard. Permanent residents seem very uncommon on this board, and permanent residents usually get citizenship quickly.
2) USNews doesn't consider US educated foreigners "internationals," but Harvard does. This makes much more sense. After all, the schools would report GPAs for these students to USNews, just like Americans, so perhaps USNews can't even tell apart Americans and US educated foreigners.
Unless there is just some kind of mistake in the numbers. 0.5% seems incredibly small - although we do have good evidence that they're extremely picky with foreign-educated internationals.
I'm sure there are more than 4 true internationals in harvard - there are at least 2 or 3 TI student from a single counrtry last year. When I say "for fun" I meant for fun. Just cant understand how can they make such mistake.