United States ‘college prep’ is big business

Growing numbers of Hong Kong high school students are applying to universities in the United States in the hope of a better education – and, according to consultants, the trend is fuelling the expansion of the ‘college prep’ tutor industry in the city, write Rachel Blundy and Jessie Lau for South China Morning Post.

At the Edge Learning Center in Causeway Bay, university admissions courses cost HK$18,000 (US$2,300) while hourly consulting rates range from HK$4,000 to HK$8,500. The centre charges between HK$120,000 and HK$250,000 for a full university admissions package, depending on the counsellors.

Duc Luu, the company’s chief executive, said despite the surge in business in recent years, he had observed the number of Hong Kong students being accepted to US universities declining.
“Broadly, university application processes are getting tougher and tougher every year, especially for the top 50 universities in the US,” he said. “That’s happening worldwide.”
Full report on the South China Morning Post site