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Searching for a New Kind of Student in South Korea

Jean Chung for The Chronicle

Kwon Heok Seung (left), associate dean for the office of admissions at Seoul National U., and Lee Seung Yeon, admissions officer, review application dossiers. New standards guide a search for students who have leadership potential and think independently.
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While nearly 700,000 aspiring college students in South Korea sat for the grueling university-entrance exam in November, Yu Hwa Young spent the day riding roller coasters and snapping pictures at Everland, an amusement park here.

"Everyone was...

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