U.S. College Application Process

Date(s) - 21/01/2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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U.S. College Application Process

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The U.S. college admissions process is complicated and is getting more selective every year.  Admissions rates at the Ivy League fell to all time lows for the Class of 2019 with Harvard accepting 5.3%, Columbia accepting 6.1% and Yale accepting 6.5%.  The drop in admissions rate is not only isolated to the Ivy League but to Ivy League comparable and other competitive colleges.

The challenge is compounded for international students where the applicant pool is growing and the admission rates are shrinking intensifying the completion for international student spots.  Unlike U.S. students, international students are held to a different standard from admissions to financial aid.  For example, at MIT, the overall admissions rate is 8.3% but the admissions rate for international students is 3.3%.  Whereas US students enjoy need blind admissions at many colleges, international students are subjected to a higher threshold of need aware.  Despite the challenges, the College Board estimates the number of international students will triple over the next decade.

i-IVY which has helped students ethically gain admissions into all of the Ivy League schools and other highly competitive colleges will guide parents and students through the U.S. college application process.   There is a lot of misinformation and we will look to accurately explain the process.


5:00 pm Registration
5:45 pm Welcome Remarks
5:50 pm U.S. College Application Presentation

  • Overview of U.S. Colleges
  • How to Select the Right College
  • Factors in College Admissions
  • Financial Aid Considerations
  • International School in Vietnam vs. U.S. Boarding School
7:00 pm Questions and Answers and Refreshments
8:00 pm Event Ends


Members: VND 500,000 | Non-members: VND 650,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.


Ellie's PictureMs. Ellie Yang, Managing Director

Ellie was an international student who was born in Taiwan and raised in Costa Rica.  She attended Dartmouth College where she received a BA in Anthropology and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received dual masters with an MBA from the Wharton School and the an MA from the School of Arts & Sciences.  She has worked for Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup), GE Capital, UBS and Accenture.  She worked in The Wharton School’s Admissions office where she evaluated multiple applications and served as Chair of Penn’s Secondary School Committee in Vietnam for 5 years.  She is fluent in 5 languages (no Vietnamese).


1060Ms. Lee Baker, Director and Partner

Lee is an American who has lived in Vietnam since 1995. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her BA in English and History and Washington and Lee University where she received her JD.  She has worked as a lawyer for Coudert Brothers and Jones Day and was the resident legal advisor for the US-Vietnam Trade Council.  She is a long time member of the AmCham, is currently an Amcham governor and was its Chairman from 1998 – 1999.  She is also a Board member of ISHCMC.  She is conversational in Vietnamese.


Tony Photo ResizedMr. Tony Diep, Executive Director

Tony was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US at the age of 5.  He grew up in NY/NJ before attending the University of Pennsylvania where he received dual degrees with a B.S.E. in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from The College of Arts & Sciences.  He attended Dartmouth for his MBA.  He worked on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in New York for nearly 10 years before returning to Vietnam in 2007 to join Indochina Capital.  He is fluent in spoken Vietnamese.


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