Family Background Matters for China’s Students

If there are no college students for three generations in a student’s family, he or she will be given preferential admission opportunity to Beijing’s top school, the Renmin University of China (RUC). The project has been launched by the RUC recently and is implemented for admissions this year.

According to the Beijing Review, over the past years many Chinese students have argued that universities shouldn’t select students only according to their performance in national college entrance examinations, but should give more flexibility and preference to students of rural classes.

Statistics show that the proportion of rural students in China’s top universities has been declining since the 1990s, and many universities have adopted preferential policies for the recruitment of students from rural areas in China. Tsinghua University, for instance, has asked each of the 592 poorest counties in China to recommend students to apply to the university whose scores in the national college entrance examination are 60 points lower than the admission line.