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University of New Hampshire accepts gaokao scores as admission to attract outstanding Chinese students

By Li Sa (People's Daily Online)    17:31, June 14, 2018

The University of New Hampshire has initiated a new admissions program to attract applicants from China who have taken the College Entrance Examination, also known as the gaokao, and are looking to study for their bachelor’s degree abroad.

The University of New Hampshire, ranked among the top 50 public universities in the United States, has provided world-class education for the past 150 years. This is a bold move, since UNH is the first public flagship university in the United States to accept gaokao scores as its entrance criteria.

This new admission policy is part of the university’s commitment to attracting more studious high school graduates from China. For students considering studying overseas after the gaokao, the application process will not require spending a year studying TOEFL, IELTS or any other language assessment, which will save time as well as money.

A student’s gaokao score is one of the UHN’s admission criteria, but not the sole deciding factor. Besides their gaokao score, Chinese high school graduates are also required to attend an in-person interview, to be conducted in one of four major cities - Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing, according to the University’s official website.

“We have a long tradition at our university of placing more weight on academic performance and subject knowledge than on standardized tests like the SAT,” said Victoria Dutcher, vice president for enrollment management in UNH. “We see this opportunity to welcome post-gaokao students to the University of New Hampshire as an excellent extension of our admissions priorities to a talented group of students from China.”

This program has provided Chinese students a new alternative to further their study abroad. The gaokao test took place last week and according to government figures, it was expected that 9.75 million students would sit the exam. “The University of New Hampshire recognizes the level of rigor required for the intensive gaokao,” added Victoria Dutcher.

UNH has always recognized the value of international talents, and after carefully reviewing the test methods, rigor and content of the Chinese gaokao, the university decided to focus on recruiting outstanding Chinese post-gaokao students.

In recent years, there have been more overseas universities accepting students' gaokao scores, showing that the evaluation of this examination has now entered international competition. Besides UHN, Brigham Young University, University of San Francisco, Illinois Institute of technology and some other universities in the U.S. have already accepted Chinese students due to their gaokao scores. 

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