In this episode, Ms. Kunjal Sakhrani talks about the admission process in the USA. The United States is considered one of the most popular destinations for studying because of the excellent quality of education available. It is home to some of the world’s finest universities and outstanding programs in various fields.
Each university has its own selection standards and it is necessary to follow the steps outlined for their admission process. International students often underestimate the time required to apply for admission. International application deadlines are at least 8 to 10 months before the start of the term. Hence, it is important to set a schedule well in advance of the deadline dates. Doing things early avoids last minute confusion and also gives you a chance to rectify any mistakes that you may have accidentally made.
The key steps in applying to universities include:
1 year prior: Identifying and shortlisting universities according to student’s subject of interest: Once you have decided on the subject you wish to study, you will find that there are many universities offering that course. It is, therefore, important to research properly and make the correct choice.
9 to 10 months prior: Register and take standardized tests for admission: Most American colleges require that students take one or more standardized tests before applying for admission. Students will usually need to write an SAT/ACT for undergraduate studies, GRE / GMAT for postgraduate courses and TOEFL / IELTS to prove English proficiency. Scores on these tests are one of the factors that will determine your admission into college.
7 to 8 months prior: Requirements and documentation:: It is important to understand the prerequisites of each university that you are applying to. All colleges may not have the same requirements. Application documents generally include academic transcripts, statement of purpose, college-specific essays, resume, extracurricular certificates reference letters and financial proof.
Obtaining transcripts, recommendation letters and bank statements take time. So start the process of contacting bank officials, identifying referees and speaking to your college authorities for transcripts early.
Completing and submitting the application: Most application forms can be submitted online, along with the relevant documents and an application fee. Remember to adhere to the deadline and submit well in advance.
International application deadlines are at least 3 to 4 months before domestic deadlines. Therefore it is advisable to set a timetable and get all documents ready before the closing dates.
Your application must be impressive, since the university does not meet a student personally. Their entire appraisal, opinion and decision depend on this application. Admissions teams look at a number of factors, apart from the grades and marks. They look at essays, extracurricular activities, talents & abilities, work experience (if any), etc while determining a student’s selection. It is, therefore, very important to present yourself in the best possible manner so that the application stands out.