As reported by a recent article in Time Magazine, “The Big Test for Chinese Students,” the total number of Chinese students in the U.S. reached more than 270,000 in 2013-14, up 16.5% year on year. Chinese students now account for 31% of foreign students in the U.S. – the largest group by far. Even China’s President Xi Jinping’s daughter attended Harvard. A broader applicant pool gives admissions officers more choice and schools more diversity. And international students tend to pay higher tuition than their American counterparts. Chinese students in U.S. colleges and universities contributed about $8 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Though the article mostly focuses on the admissions process and test score issues that Chinese students encounter when coming to the U.S., it clearly offers some other enlightening facts and statistics.

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