This post brings together a list of must-see links to our most important posts on ‘Admissions to American Universities’. The links are arranged under different headings:
- university deadlines (spring 2014, fall 2014)
- selecting which semester to join
- step-by-step explanations of the application process
- tips on the F1 visa and on preparing your Statement of Purpose
- and several others.
This is important information. Don’t miss out on it!
Deadlines for Application
Did you know that there is no standard deadline for application for American universities? Deadlines for fall range from November of the previous year all the way up to August of the year in which you will join your university. Deadlines for spring range from June of the previous year to Jan of the year of joining. Your planning of the application process depends on the deadline for the most important university you are applying for. Check out the deadlines for your university through the links below.
- Spring – 107 universities accepting students in spring (2014). Remember to check out the timeline for applying for spring (available December onward).
- Fall – 125 universities accepting students in fall (2014). Remember to check out the timeline for applying for fall (available April onward).
- departments and courses
- university rank
- documents required for application
- the university website URL
Which Semester Do I Apply For?
- Is it OK to apply for spring? Some of you are wondering whether applying for the spring semester is a good option – do universities accept students in that semester? What are the chances of getting funding? Are there any other problems that I should be aware of? Read this post and find out.
- When should I apply for spring? If you have already decided on applying for the spring semester, then when should you apply and what is the best time to give your GRE – find out in this post.
Application Process Explained
The applications process for any American university can last for up to a year and involves several steps including:
- giving the GRE and TOEFL examinations
- university selection: check out a separate blog on this crucial step via this link – university selection for MS in US
- key steps in the application process after university selection
- writing the SOP (see full list of links below)
- getting good recommendation letters (see full list of links below)
- getting transcripts (see full list of links below)
- writing your resume
- getting a student visa (see full list of links below)
- what to do when you get admission
(Get an overview of the process as a whole over here).
So, before you start, you need be clear about what you should do and when. Otherwise you will run into a lot of problems because of lack of information and planning. Here’s what you need to know:
- Fall – a step-by-step explanation of the process from June to December
- Spring – a step-by-step explanation of the process from January to July
- The F1 or Student Visa
- The Statement of Purpose
- Recommendation Letters
- Who the Best Recommendation Letters Come from
- Ingredients of a Good Recommendation Letter
- FAQs about Letters of Recommendation
- The ETS’s Alternative to Recommendation Letters
- Why You Must Send a Resume in Your Application Packet
- Make it Easy for Professors to Select You
- How to Create a Snapshot of Yourself in One Brief Page
- The University Transcript: What It Is and Why It Is So Important
- A Comprehensive Description of the Contents of A Transcripts
- Different Types of Transcript and Why They Are Required
- How to Apply for Transcripts from Pune University
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