Earlier we had launched our new portal to help students applying for an MS in US – it’s called Dilip Oak Academy Online. It had lots of nifty features to begin with, but today we made it even more cooler with two cool new features: US University Admission News Updates & Roommate Finder!

US University Admissions News Updates:

Interested in keeping track of who is getting admits/rejects to which universities? Interested in finding which universities have started rolling out admission decisions? Well now you can get all the updates in your admissions news feed! (As long as you have applied to the University in Application Tracker).

University information for MS in US

Also if you want to get admissions updates for a given university? Check out “Admission Updates” tab under university info!


Roommate Finder

One of the many hard things to do while applying is to find other students who are already in your desired US university. Finding and meeting other students who are heading to the same US university as you are is another problem. Well, both problems have certainly become easier to solve now with out Roommate finder! As long as you have updated your application status you can find other students going to the same university as you are!


Roommate Finder | Dilip Oak Academy Online

We are hoping you would enjoy these features!

Tell your friends to join Dilip Oaks Academy Online (its free to join!) and update their admission updates. As more people join this app, it will get more and more useful! But, even now we have enough to make it really useful to you!

Let us know how we are doing, we love your feedback: support@dilipoakacademy.com

Select GRE Test ScoresFor students who have given the GRE several times, the worry has always been that the universities they are sending the scores to will see their bad scores along with their good ones. Now, however that is going to change.

The ETS has introduced a feature which it calls the ScoreSelectSM Option which allows you to select which GRE scores you want to send to the universities and colleges you are applying to. Here are the details according to ETS :

“Test takers can now select from several options.

On test day, when viewing their scores at the test center*, they can select the:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send their GRE scores from their current test administration (FREE).
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send their GRE scores from all administrations in the last 5 years (FREE).

Test takers can decide which option to use for each of their 4 FREE score reports.

After test day, test takers can send Additional Score Reports for a fee and select:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send their GRE scores from their most recent test administration.
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send their GRE scores from all administrations in the last 5 years.
  • ScoreSelect Any option — Send their GRE scores from one OR many test administrations in the last 5 years.

Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety.”

For more details visit this page:


Statement of PurposeThe SOP, an essay of specified length which brings out your academic and professional background and achievements, is a uniquely important document. It is a crucial element of your application for MS/PhD programs in American universities.

The SOP, and other application documents such as your application form, standardized test scores, transcripts and recommendation letters, provide essential inputs that admissions committees use to assess your suitability as a candidate for a particular program. Each document has a fairly definite role in the committee’s final decision.. Application forms, test scores and transcripts are standard documents. But the SOP and the recommendation letters have a great influence on the admission decision.

The recommendation letter, which will be discussed in a later post, carries weight because it is ideally written by someone who knows the field and also knows you. The SOP, however, is an essay written by you. As such, it bears the stamp of your personality and writing skills. As the name indicates, the Statement of Purpose discusses what you intend to do in your professional life, but it does not end there. Your SOP should be a highly analytical document which clearly demonstrates your need for higher education and, equally important, why the particular university is an appropriate choice to meet your needs. This requires that you have a clear vision of:

  • your career goals
  • how you have taken the first steps towards achieving them in your education so far and
  • what other concrete steps you propose to take in your MS/PhD program – these might be in the form of advanced or new courses, or research in specific topics of your interest

Throughout the essay you will have to keep in focus both your learning goals and how higher education will help you to achieve them.

This requirement for clarity about goals means that you should have a clear focus in your SOP. Thus, you can elaborate on your interests in specific areas such as Operating Systems, Embedded Systems and Thermodynamics. However, the focus can be also be on broad fields such as Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Your undergraduate studies should enable you to intelligently discuss the importance of a few sub-areas in the subject of your choice, and illustrate the scope for higher level work in them.

A well written SOP conveys at once to the reader your intellectual caliber, your commitment to the subject and your awareness of the current state in your field. It fills the gaps in the information provided by the standardized documents mentioned above. It also conveys things about you which no standardized document can convey adequately: among other things, your depth of knowledge, your love for the subject and your ability to communicate his knowledge clearly.

Any good university has to make a final selection of students from the pool of candidates who meet their basic criteria regarding academic background, GRE score and previous research experience. The SOP brings out the qualitative aspects of the work a student has done and his or her personal traits. And here is where the great importance of the SOP lies: a good SOP makes the difference between otherwise equally well qualified candidates. It effectively brings out your understanding of the field, your preparation for higher studies and research in that field and your achievements in that field. If your aim is getting into a good university, it is well-worth spending time on preparing an SOP that is excellent. It could make the difference between a reject and that coveted admission.

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According to preliminary data for Fall 2012 US graduate school applications statistics, it shows that overall applications from Indian students are up by 2%. But whats also interesting is, applications to graduate programs in US from China are up 14%. Which means expect more competition from your Chinese peers for your admits, and if you get admit, expect more competition for Jobs.(Although that market is recovering fast!).

Complete results are not out yet, which should be out around June. Among other findings by the survey for graduate school applications statistics for international students, conducted by Council of Graduate Schools, applications growth from India is as follows:

2009: -12%

2010: 1%

2011: 8%

2012: 2%

Overall, its in sync with how economy is moving, but far behind growth from Chinese applicants!


There is a meetup happening for Pune MIS Meet for Fall 2012 Applicants. Here is the facebook event page for more details:


We support such initiatives, so if you are arranging future meetups, let us know if we can help.
Disclaimer : Dilip Oak’s Academy is not organizing or arranging this event. However we support student initiatives.