Our team of consultants has guided thousands of students through the
process of applications. Accurate information and astute analysis
are the key factors that help students find a career and university
of their choice. At the same time, our competency in understanding
funding/scholarship/assistantship issues has helped parents save
Lakhs of rupees on the educational budget.
The application process to American
Universities is a long and complicated affair. It involves extensive
research on the net, knowledge about the working method of American
universities, accurate documentation and correct timing, to list
just a few factors. Admissions Consultants at FACT will guide
through each of the following applications stages.
a)Selection of Universities
b)Selection of Program
c)Academic Documentation (Editing
of Essays/Statement of Purpose , Recommendations and Resume
preparation as per U.S Standards)
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Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important
process not only from the admission point of view but also because
applying to universities is expensive by Indian standards. The
application process itself costs about Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 30,000/-
towards examination fees, postage, university application fees etc.
Therefore, be very careful while applying to the universities.
The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those
that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other
criteria important to you. The range of academic options as well as
available universities is so wide that it is not possible to select
the best in one go and it may take some time.
The basic steps involved in the process of selecting universities
·Decide on the field of education
in line with your likings and past academic background
·Assess your financial ability
·Now, select 20 to 30
universities based on the following criterion:
oCost Tuition, living expenses
oAvailability of Financial
Assistance to International Students
oTests (SAT , TOEFL etc and
(Professional accreditation for some programs)
oEnrollment Total available seats
and the size of the school
oLocation (climate, semi-rural,
metropolitan city etc)
oFacilities Library, housing,
student associations etc.
oType of Institution Public or
These are the usual criteria. You could prioritize your criteria out
of this list and shortlist the number of universities on that basis
to about 10. You could further shortlist your choice on basis of
specific issues like tuition fees, availability of financial etc.
Your past academic record is one of the most important deciding
factors in getting admission to a college abroad. Most schools
require you to have a reasonably good academic record especially for
technology programs and courses. Each university has its own minimum
requirement for its programs, which are flexible depending on the
candidate profile. It is advisable not to convert your marks in the
Indian system of grading to the American Grade Point Average system
or any other system since the conversion may not be accurate. You
may attach an explanatory note from your college to indicate your
rank in your class and/or university. The letter may also indicate
your place as compared to the class and the university average and
the number of students in the class and the number of colleges and
students in the university. You may also provide any other
information or documents that you feel may help you in the admission
Every university has its own minimum requirements and scores with
respect to standardized tests. Check out the requirements of the
universities and short-list the ones that will accept your scores.
Most Indians are concerned about the high cost of education abroad
and seek information on opportunities for financial assistance. The
expenses for education abroad include tuition fees, living expenses,
health insurance, transportation etc. This is an important criterion
for selecting the courses as well as universities.
is important to understand that most universities offer financial
assistance to international students based primarily on merit and
rarely on need. The amount, and type of assistance offered varies
based on the university, department and level of study. Also funds
are more likely to be available in fields like Engineering, Physical
Sciences and Biological sciences.
Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through
in detail for the various requirements and deadlines like the
application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized
tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.
Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your
objectives. FACT can help you select universities that are best
suited for your requirements.
Selection of university and selection of program usually go hand in
hand. But one must remember that even the best-known universities
are not the best for every single program offered in that
university. Similarly, a particular university may not be very high
ranked, but a particular program in that university may be excellent
for your requirements. Therefore, it is necessary to study each
program very carefully.
Recommendations and Statement of Purpose are the academic documents
required for application process.
who are applying to American Universities would be required to
submit a detailed report and transcripts (report cards) of all the
years of higher studies in India. The report form should be filled
out by a college official like the principal, counselor or
headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your
whole school experience in relation to the other students in your
class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you
have performed in your own educational system. The transcript should
talk about your accomplishments and provide a prediction of your
chances for success in university-level studies.
Since there is a variation between the styles of scoring used abroad
and the ones used in India, ask your college to include a guide to
the grading standards used in your educational system and your
school. If your college ranks students by their level of academic
achievement, make certain that the ranking is included with the
other details. Also send the school / junior college leaving
certificate as and when it is available. The transcripts must be in
Recommendations: Letters of reference or
recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission.
A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who has
taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are
applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities,
strengths and other such information. The teacher must indicate his
position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what
capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and
usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors
are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of
recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the
academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain
letters of recommendation from teachers who know them as a person as
well as a student. You may like to request your author to give
concrete examples that may show your qualities. Statement of Purpose: The
personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, play a very important
role in the process of evaluating your application for both
admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty
assessing your application their most significant impression of you
as an individual. This section is the key to distinguish your
application from other suitable candidates and a chance to market
yourself. A personal statement should include your reasons for
choosing a particular course, the suitability of your education and
experience for the chosen course, your personal interests and career
goals. Some courses like Business school courses will have their own
essay questions and format. Others may ask for a resume or reasons
for applying to that particular course.
You must submit a financial aid application if you desire financial
help for your studies in a US university. Financial assistance for
non-US citizens is very limited. The evidence of financial support
is required by universities to issue the documents needed for visa
application. Although it is a requirement for application, it is
usually not taken into consideration into factors that determine
admission. Most universities make their admission decisions without
regard for the source and amount of financial support. You would be
required to submit documentation of your family's financial
resources to help schools assess your need. Most of the universities
have their own financial aid form, which you would have to complete.
You would also be required to submit a bank statement demonstrating
your financial capacity to support your education in US. Some US
state institutions offer tuition waivers to international students
in return for some type of educational contribution.
e. After Applications
Universities usually inform students of their admission decisions
well in advance of the beginning term. If you have received
admission in more than one university, you will have to decide which
one you want to attend. At this stage, you should compare a few
objective and mostly more subjective criteria. The points you should
focus on are program curriculum, length of program, choice of
courses, funding offer or best program with respect to costs, Cost
of living, Strength of related departments/program etc.
Each college will tell you exactly what steps to follow to confirm
your acceptance of their offer of admission and how to prepare for
your first term. This information will be included with the letter
of admission or in materials that will be sent to you shortly
thereafter. You must respond with a "Yes" or "No" for each offer of
admission. You may also be required to submit a financial deposit to
the institution that you plan to attend. This is to guarantee your
place in the class. Make sure you do not miss any deadlines.