Who Am I Competing Against in College Admissions?


I am wondering exactly who I am competing against with my college applications. I'm an Asian public school student from Illinois applying for electrical engineering. If I apply to, say, Georgia Tech, am I competing against all other Asians across the spectrum? Am I competing against only other kids from Illinois? Only people majoring in EE? Only public school students? How does this work? I don't think my high school inflates grades but I know other high schools do, so I feel like if I am up against someone who is also out of state and Asian, the school could pick someone over me whose high school DOES do grade inflation because that was the only differentiator between us.

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