PLAYER57832 wrote:Private schools tend to be pricier, but often offer better scholarships, particularly for kids who are not quite average. Having lived in the UK can easily be one of those "not average" points.
What's that supposed to mean?
Having experience in other countries is considered valuable because it provides kids with experiences/perspectives those who have never been outside the US. It is one stated reason why many colleges actively recruit a percentage of foreign students, but having US kids that can provide that is considered beneficial.
Basically, good colleges want to attract kids who can bring all sorts of things "to the table" -- it may be excelling in something (or several something's), or it may mean having unusual upbringing/experiences, it may be having an unusual
skill --- (yodelling or bamboo tennis racket construction, whatever). How they judge that varies, but yeah.. having spent time in other countries, particularly more than just a short visit, can be one of those things.