Dilip Oak’s Academy – Roommate Finder for the Fall 2016 Semester

So, you’ve got the admission news you were waiting for: your coveted admission for an ‘MS in US’ is confirmed. You’re scheduled to join your American university in the fall 2016 semester – and now it’s time to book airline tickets and start thinking about travel plans and accommodation.

One problem, however, is contacting senior students who are already in your desired US university, so you can arrange for a pickup and drop from the airport and some temporary accommodation. Another is finding other students who are heading to your US university, so you can choose room-mates and make joint travel plans.

So, here’s one more thing that Dilip Oak’s Academy is doing to make finding travel and room companions easier for you through Dilip Oaks Academy Online. We call it our Roommate Finder and it will help you locate and coordinate with other students joining the same university.

Here’s how it works: if you are a signed up member of Dilip Oak’s Academy Online, all it requires is that you update your application status using the University Applications Tracker. Once you’ve done that, the names of other students going to the same university as you are will automatically be updated on your Roommate Finder page. Then, just hit the contact button.

If you’re not a member then, joining up is free and easy – it just takes a minute or two – and then you will be able to find roommates as explained above.

Remember, Dilip Oaks Academy Online is free to join! So, tell all your friends who are applying for an ‘MS in US’ to join and update their admission updates. The more people join, the more everybody benefits! But, even now there are enough folks like you signed up with us to make this feature a big help to you!

P.S. we love your feedback, so let us know how we are doing at: support@dilipoakacademy.com

University Deadlines For Fall 2016

It is our continued endeavour to keep you updated with the university deadlines well before the application process. As per tradition we are publishing the university deadlines for fall 2016 semester. Please bear in mind that some universities may change deadlines on their websites without prior notice. The department deadlines may differ from the graduate school deadlines, hence you are advised to cross check not only the graduate school deadlines but also the department website of the university you are applying to.
Why is it impThe deadlines mentioned below are for the graduate school only.

Deadlines in November
University of South Carolina, Columbia – 30-Nov

Deadlines in December
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 15-Dec
Tufts University – 15-Dec
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign – 15-Dec
Yale University – 15-Dec
Harvard University – 14-Dec
Indiana University, Bloomington – 1-Dec
University of Miami, Coral Gables – 1-Dec
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 1-Dec

Deadlines in January
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – 1-Jan
University of Maryland, Baltimore County – 1-Jan
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – 1-Jan
Washington State University, Pullman – 10-Jan
Florida Institute of Technology – 15-Jan
Northeastern University, Boston – 15-Jan
State University of New York, Buffalo – 15-Jan
Texas A & M University, Kingsville – 15-Jan
Texas Tech University – 15-Jan
University of Central Florida – 15-Jan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – 15-Jan
University of Southern California – 15-Jan
Vanderbilt University – 15-Jan
Duke University – 30-Jan
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago – 31-Jan
Indiana University Purdue University – 15-Jan with funding 1-Mar without funding
Deadlines in February
Case Western Reserve University – 1-Feb
Colorado School of Mines – 1-Feb
East Carolina University – 1-Feb
Kansas State University – 1-Feb
Pennsylvania State University, University Park – 1-Feb
University of Connecticut, Storrs – 1-Feb
University of Rhode Island, Kingston – 1-Feb
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – 1-Feb
University of Tulsa – 1-Feb
Colorado State University, Fort Collins – 15-Feb
Eastern Michigan University – 15-Feb
Florida International University – 15-Feb
Marquette University – 15-Feb
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn – 15-Feb
University of Illinois, Chicago – 15-Feb
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth – 15-Feb
University of Oregon, Eugene – 15-Feb
University of South Florida, Tampa – 15-Feb

Deadlines in March
California State University, Chico – 1-Mar
California State University, Sacramento – 1-Mar
Illinois State University, Normal – 1-Mar
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces – 1-Mar
North Carolina State University – 1-Mar
Oklahoma State University, Still Water – 1-Mar
Temple University – 1-Mar
University of North Carolina, Charlotte – 1-Mar
University of Pittsburgh – 1-Mar
University of Toledo – 1-Mar
George Washington University – 15-Mar
South Dakota School of Mines & Tech – 15-Mar
University of Colorado, Denver – 15-Mar
University of Kentucky, Lexington – 15-Mar
University of North Texas, Denton – 15-Mar
University of Pennsylvania – 15-Mar
California State University, Northridge – 31-March Online, 30-April Document submission

Deadlines in April
California State University, Fresno – 1-Apr
Idaho State University – 1-Apr
Oregon State University, Corvallis – 1-Apr
San Jose State University – 1-Apr
Stevens Institute of Technology – 1-Apr
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville – 1-Apr
University of Arkansas, Little Rock – 1-Apr
University of Houston, University Park – 1-Apr
University of New Hampshire, Durham – 1-Apr
University of Texas, Arlington – 1-Apr
University of Texas, San Antonio – 1-Apr
Villanova University – 1-Apr
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University – 1-Apr
West Virginia University, Morgan Town – 1-Apr
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo – 1-Apr
Wichita State University – 1-Apr
California State University, Los Angeles – 15-Apr
Lamar University – 15-Apr
Old Dominion University, Norfolk – 15-Apr
South Dakota State University, Brookings – 15-Apr
University of Georgia – 15-Apr
University of Iowa, Iowa City – 15-Apr
California State University, Long Beach – 1-April online, 15-April Document submission

Deadlines in May
City University of New York, City College – 1-May
Clarkson University – 1-May
Minnesota State University, Mankato – 1-May
Mississippi State University – 1-May
New Jersey Institute of Technology – 1-May
North Dakota State University, Fargo – 1-May
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb – 1-May
Oakland University, Rochester – 1-May
Southern Methodist University – 1-May
Tennessee Technological University – 1-May
University of Idaho, Moscow – 1-May
University of Louisville, Louisville – 1-May
University of Memphis – 1-May
University of Michigan, Dearborn – 1-May
University of Nevada, Las Vegas – 1-May
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque – 1-May
University of Texas, Dallas – 1-May
Wayne State University – 1-May
Western Illinois University – 1-May
California State University, Fullerton – 4-May
University of Louisiana, Lafayette – 15-May
University of North Carolina, Greensboro – 15-May
Wright State University, Dayton – 15-May

Deadlines in June
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston – 1-Jun
Monmouth University – 1-Jun
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville – 1-Jun
University of Alabama, Huntsville – 1-Jun
University of Alaska, Fairbanks – 1-Jun
University of Detroit, Mercy – 1-Jun
University of Illinois, Springfield – 1-Jun
University of Wyoming, Laramie – 1-Jun
Drexel University – 13-Jun
Marist College, Poughkeepsie – 15-Jun
Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla – 15-Jun
University of South Alabama, Mobile – 15-Jun

Deadlines in July
Arkansas State University – 1-Jul
Florida State University – 1-Jul
New York Institute of Technology – 1-Jul
Santa Clara University – 12-Jul
Lehigh University – 15-Jul
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport – 15-Jul

Deadlines in August
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology – 1-Aug
University of Houston, Clear Lake – 1-Aug

Rolling Deadlines
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison
Rochester Institute of Technology

Departmental Deadlines
Johns Hopkins University
Michigan State University, East Lansing
Michigan Technological University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Northwestern University, Evanston
Ohio State University, Columbus
Portland State University
Purdue University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Stanford University
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Syracuse University
Texas A & M University, College Station
Texas State University
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of Arizona, Tucson
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Kansas, Lawrence
University of Maine, Orono
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
University of Oklahoma, Norman
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Texas, Austin
University of Texas, El Paso
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
University of Vermont, Burlington
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Application Timeline for Fall 2016 – Make Sure You Are on Track

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If you are applying for admission in fall 2016 the clock has begun to tick. So, don’t delay. Review this Application Timeline for Fall 2016 immediately and get to work.

June 2015

Review your goals for your MS in US and choose some specific areas in which you would like to specialize.

July 2015

  1. Begin preparation for the GRE/TOEFL tests
  2. Register for the GRE and TOEFL examinations – if you are targeting the top 10 or 15 universities, you should take these examinations preferably by September 2015. If you are targeting other universities, you may take these exams by 20 December 2015 so you can meet the deadlines of universities which are in December 2015.
  3. Register for the Subject GRE – important for doctoral programs in pure sciences and biological sciences in top schools.

Note: the exam is held once in a year in November, however, seats usually get filled up by August.

August-September 2015

Make a preliminary list of about 30 universities which meet your requirements considering:

  1. Location
  2. Costs of living and education
  3. Broad specializations you are interested in (for departments and specializations see the ‘university info‘ page on online.dilipoakacademy.com)
  4. Recommendations by seniors, your professors etc.
  5. Whether your academic profile fits the universities requirements.

For more details, see: Selecting a University for Your MS in the US. Also refer to our post on university information available on the social media

September 2015

  1. Arrange for 10-13 sets of transcripts in sealed covers from your college or university – some universities insist on university transcripts/university attested mark sheets
  2. Choose your recommenders (generally 3 recommendations are required, at least one of which should be from the educational institute last attended) and give them the necessary details – resume, copies of your mark sheets etc.
  3. Start working on your Statement of Purpose and resume

October 2015-January 2016

  1. Take the GRE and TOEFL exams latest by January 2016 (ideally 20 December 2015)
  2. Carry out a comprehensive review of the 30 universities considering:
    1. Your academic performance in bachelor’s degree
    2. GRE and TOEFL scores of students admitted in the past
    3. Any minimum cut-offs with respect to GRE and TOEFL scores
    4. Whether courses of your choice are offered in the Fall semester
    5. Cost of education
  3. Make your final shortlist of 8-10 universities.
  4. Complete your Statement of Purpose (SOP) and resume
  5. Request the ETS to forward your GRE and TOEFL scores to the universities you are applying to, specifying the correct codes for the universities/departments you are applying to.
    Note: some universities require certain documents to be sent to the department you are applying to.
  6. Complete online application process and send the required documents by courier

This completes the application process; however there are further steps to be taken:

  1. Track the status of your application on your status page of the university’s website. Though universities generally communicate decisions or requirements by either e-mail or post, it often happens that the only source of information is your status page.
  2. If there are any deficiencies in your applications (missing documents, non-receipt of GRE or TOEFL scores, recommendations etc.) immediately correct the deficiencies.
  3. When you receive an offer letter from the universities (or when your status page shows that you have been given admission) email your acceptance(This is very important especially when you are offered funding)
  4. When you have accepted the university’s offer of admission and the documentation formalities are complete, the university will send you the 1-20, an immigration document, which is essential for obtaining a visa.
  5. When you receive the I-20, check that it is correct in all respects:
    1. Your name and date of birth should be exactly as in your passport
    2. Your course and course duration should be correctly specified
    3. The financial sources indicated should exceed the costs etc.
  6. Prepare the visa documentation
  7. Study the visa application formalities specified on the websites of the applicable US Consulate and the VFS (Visa Facilitation Services)
  8. Apply for a visa interview date – you can apply for a visa interview 120 days before the joining date mentioned on your I-20.

For further details on the F-1 visa see our previous blog on the subject.

Note: Dilip Oak’s Academy organizes a ‘Pre-departure Orientation’ in June-end every year for students who have been admitted to the fall semester. In the Orientation, Mr. Dilip Oak covers matters such as:

  • the student (F1) visa
  • foreign exchange
  • airport formalities (port of entry/immigration procedures)
  • insurance
  • medical checkups & immunizations
  • initial formalities in the university
  • accommodation (on- & off – campus)
  • financial and other formalities for the first semester of studies

Keep a look out for our announcement of the Orientation. The announcement will appear on this blog sometime in June.