College admissions are a tough process, which requires proper planning and guidance. Even the most intelligent, prepared and organized student requires help in some or the other way regarding their essays, financial aid forms, visa applications etc.
To set yourself apart from other students you need to adopt few distinct tactics. Adopting these tactics will definitely improve your chance for creating a successful application and also help in gaining entry into the graduate or post-graduate programme which you desire. Best applications from competitive students stand apart as they are accurate, convey enthusiasm, are completely focussed, show interest of student in particular field to be pursued.
Here are five vital facts which students should consider while applying in USA universities:
Explore all the University/ College Options:
Don't be overwhelmed by the topmost Universities like Harvard, Stanford etc., there are more than 2,000 colleges as well as universities which offer educational experience which is world-class and of very high standard. Improve your chances of studying in US by creating a college list which includes exclusive and not so famous US universities which are not on other international student's radar.
Rare "Free Rides" for International Students:
Most of the Universities do not have any "free rides" like scholarships or financial aid to international students, therefore it is very important to reassess your academic admission profile in a realistic manner. Therefore if you require any kind of financial assistance for studying in US, it is very important to assess your admission profile in realistic manner. Try to know as much as you can about the financial aid policies of the chosen universities. To be on safer side apply to a broad spectrum or network of colleges in USA which offer some kind of financial assistance to students.
Consider More than Test Scores and Grades:
Although the test scores and the grades are the primary deciding factor for getting admission in the USA universities, but most of the colleges look beyond this criterion. This something more which are considered over and above grades and test scores are excellent recommendation letters from your school or teachers, brief insights about your contributions towards community. Try to portray in your application that you are unique and how you can contribute towards campus community.
Be Confident to contact Admission Office:
Never feel shy or scared in or while contacting the Admission's Office of the university or college you are planning to apply. Asking too many questions will not score negative on your admission decision, rather many colleges will prefer the international applicants who take extra effort to get in touch with admissions office and collect information about the college.
Avail Support Services for International Students:
Most of the USA colleges as well as universities offer support services to the international students so that they can easily adjust to the US lifestyle. Therefore it is highly recommended to get in touch with International Students Office of each college, where they are planning to apply.
Extra Resource of Information: www.EducationUSA.com (US government website to help international students)