CNN.com has a nice article about the extreme lengths some Chinese applicants are going to gain admission to US schools. We do talk to applicants as well as agencies in China and the article linked above is, indeed, accurate.
We also want to take this opportunity to add the following warnings to anyone (Chinese or non Chinese):
1. If you are caught lying after you are admitted, you will be expelled. (You will, however, get to keep your student debt which will be more problematic to pay off with the lower expected future earnings.)
2. Burying an expulsion and simply trying to continue moving on is much, much more difficult in the social media centered world in which we now live.
3. If you are not adequately fluent in English when you arrive on campus, it will become immediately noticeable and you will be promptly kicked off out of the school. We do hear these stories when we visit campuses and this tends to happen more often than most people would probably believe. Finally, the more reputable agency owners understand the amount of fraud that is taking place and personally spot check at least some of their language proficiency certified applicants to ensure that they are not going to disappoint their university clients.