Things to do before applying for a Ph.D. program in the USA 

Along with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a lot of international students are now pursuing Ph.Ds. at American universities because the programs are comprehensive and structured, and encourage a lot of independent research.  Apart from world-class facilities, well-equipped research labs, and qualified professors, American universities also offer funding opportunities to deserving candidates which makes it easier for international students to pursue Ph.D. in America. 

To pursue a Ph.D. program in any American university, students must have a minimum of 16 years of education, which means, they must have completed their bachelor’s degree at the least. Students can also apply for a combined program for MS and Ph.D. In order to qualify for a Ph.D. students should have a high score in the GRE (320+) and sometimes, in the subject GRE along with a GPA of 8.5 or above in their undergraduate program. If the master’s has been done from the USA, the GPA has to be 3.5 and above.

However, below are a few things you need to keep in mind and start preparing well in advance if you are planning to pursue a Ph.D. in a top American university: 

  • Choose your research topic well in advance: Narrowing down your research topic in advance will help you a great deal in making an informed decision. Study the topics, and see which topic would be viable for a Ph.D. project. Choose your program accordingly.
  • Research your Ph.D. guide: When it comes to a Ph.D., a good research guide is far more important than a good university. Hence, study the research work performed by professors from various universities, get in touch with them, and see if you can get approval from them for supervising your work. For Ph.D. programs, it is always beneficial to first narrow down the right research guide and then finalize the university.
  • Lookout for funding opportunities: Pursuing a Ph.D. in America can be very expensive and hence it is recommended to first look at universities that offer funding opportunities, scholarships, and research/ teaching assistantships and make your Ph.D. tuition affordable.
  • Finalize the universities: Once you decide your research topic, supervisor, and funding opportunities, shortlist your universities and start the application process.

All you need to know about the AP exam 

Along with the standardized tests like SAT and ACT, we often suggest students aspiring to pursue a bachelor’s degree in America, to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Test. 

AP Exams are standardized college-level exams designed to measure your mastery over a specific subject and help you earn credits.  Under this, there are 38 courses from various disciplines to choose from like AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP Chemistry, AP Physics etc. You can choose the course for subjects related to your career of choice and your expertise. AP exams are scored on the scale of 1 to 5, where each score corresponds to a college course grade equivalent.

Taking AP exams has several benefits, especially for Indian students: 

Boosts chances of getting into a top-ranked university: AP scores add weightage to your college application and help you stand out among hundred others. Top-ranked universities prefer students who give AP exams because performance in AP demonstrates your thoroughness in the subject and ability to manage university-level studies.

Reduces tuition cost:  Taking AP exams helps you to earn college credits even before starting with the college. A high AP score of 4 or 5 allows you to earn enough credits so as to skip a semester or even a year. In that case, you can graduate almost 6 months to 1 year early and save on your tuition fees by thousands of dollars. 

Scholarships and funding opportunities: Most US universities offer good scholarships to high AP scores. This enables the student to further save up on the tuition cost. Some universities also offer an Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) to Indian students who score exceptionally well in more than 5 AP exams. Hence, even if you have a humble financial background, your AP score can help you complete your bachelors in a high ranked university at a relatively low cost.

When to take the AP? 

The ideal time to give the AP is in your 11th or  12th grade, depending on the number of exams you want to take and your level of preparation. 

The exam is held only once a year, in the month of May. For 2022, the AP exam dates are May 2-6 and May 9-13. The first window for registration was between September and mid-November 2021. However, some test centers are offering a second registration window (February to mid-March) at an additional fee (Pune center last registration date is 6th March 2022) 

For more details on AP exam in India and other registration details, visit

15 cheapest and 15 most expensive American universities for international students


cheapest & costliest American universities

Pursuing M.S. in the USA is often expensive, especially for international students because unlike American citizens who pay in-state tuition fees, international students have to pay full tuition fees. For example, if an annual in-state tuition fee is $8000, an out-of-state tuition fee can be as high as $20,000. These tuition fees are also dependent on the ranking of the university. US universities are given rankings by certain private agencies like the US News, Princeton Review, etc. and as a thumb rule, the higher the ranking, the costlier is the university. Generally, state-funded universities are cheaper than private universities. Of course, there are certain exceptions to this.  However, just because the universities are cheaper, it does not mean they do not offer quality education.

Taking all these factors into consideration, at Dilip Oak’s Academy, we have shortlisted around 150 accredited universities which offer quality education and also offer good job opportunities.

Below is a list of the 15 most expensive and the 15 cheapest universities you can apply to, for pursuing a master’s degree program in the USA. The list is based only on tuition fees for fall 2020 and is not inclusive of living expenses because the living expenses mentioned on the I-20 form are on the higher side and the actual living expenses are less than that.

15 cheapest universities

SR.NO               Name of UniversityState CodeTuition Fees
1Minnesota State UniversityMN7424
2University of Central MissouriMO8697
3South Dakota State University – BrookingsSD8876
4University of South DakotaSD10330
5University of Texas – El PasoTX10664
6Brigham Young UniversityUT11160
7Bowling Green State UniversityOH11611
8Sam Houston State UniversityTX11630
9North Western Polytechnic UniversityIL12150
10Indiana State University – Terre HauteIN12260
11University of Wyoming – LaramieWY12566
12Texas A and M University – KingsvilleTX12839
16University of Arkansas-LittlerockAR13320
13Arkansas State UniversityAR13500
14Wright State University-DaytonOH13800
17California State University-Long BeachCA14568
15Central Michigan UniversityMI15300

15 most expensive universities

SR.NO               Name of UniversityState CodeTuition Fees
1Columbia UniversityNY58656
2North Western University – EvanstonIL56067
3Dartmouth CollegeNH55605
4Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNY53757
5Johns Hopkins UniversityMD52170
6University of Michigan – Ann ArborMI50326
7Boston UniversityMA49886
8Carnegie Mellon UniversityPA49372
9Brown UniversityRI49146
10Duke UniversityNC49080
11Cornell UniversityNY48900
12New York UniversityNY45426
13University of PennsylvaniaPA44814
14University of RochesterNY44608
15University of Southern CaliforniaCA46948

For more guidance on university selection and admission process, enroll for our expert admission counseling today!




Application timeline for Fall 2021


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If you are applying for fall 2021 the clock has begun to tick. So, don’t delay. Here is a detailed Timeline to help you start and streamline your application process:

October-December 2020 

Register for the GRE and TOEFL examinations – these examinations should preferably be taken by 15th December 2020.

October 2020

  • Make a preliminary list of universities which meet your requirements considering:
  1. Broad specializations you are interested in
  2. Expected GRE score
  3. Academic record
  4. Budget
  5. Recommendations by seniors studying in American universities

November 2020

  • Documentation
    1. Start working on your Statement of Purpose (SOP). SOP is a crucial document that provides insights into your purpose of joining the course and university, your personality, experience in the field and long-term goals. It should be around 500 to 800 words long, precise, interesting, grammatically and technically sound.
    2. Arrange for 4 sets of college and university transcripts.
    3. Choose your recommenders (preferably college professors/project guides/employers) and keep recommendation letters ready.

  November-December 2020

  • Test and application process
  1. Take the GRE and TOEFL exams latest by 20th December 2020
  2. Shortlist your final 8 to 10 universities.
  3. Complete online application process latest by 30th of December and send the required documents by courier. Of course, universities accept applications even till 31st March, so you can send them by January too in case of any delay.
  4. Request the ETS to forward your GRE and TOEFL scores to the universities you are applying to. (scores take minimum 2 weeks to come)

 After sending the applications

You will most likely receive admission decisions from Feb/March. Once you receive the decisions, email your acceptance. This is very important especially when you are offered funding.

  1. 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. Some universities send I-20 along with the acceptance letter.
  2. Prepare the visa documentation according to the total cost of one year mentioned on the I-20
  3. Study the visa application formalities specified on the official website of the applicable US Consulate.
  4. Apply for a visa interview date – you can apply for a visa interview 120 days before the joining date mentioned on your I-20. Generally, students start applying for a visa from the third week of April. Once you get the visa date, proceed with the interview and complete the remaining formalities until your departure date.

At Dilip Oak’s Academy, we provide detailed guidance on these processes under our admission counselling services that include, selection of universities, drafting SOP and LOR, documentation process and visa counselling. Till date, we have sent 30,000 students to various universities in America including MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and other top-ranked universities. To enrol, call us on 91-020-67444222, 91-8007878495.





How to get into the best US universities for MS

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Getting into the best US universities is a dream of every student who aspires to pursue a master’s in America. However, these top universities have higher academic and co-curricular requirements that one needs to keep in mind before starting the preparation and application process.

Following are the key requirements to make it to the top 25 US universities:

GRE score above 320: Topmost US universities require a high GRE score, usually more than 320, and a Quant score of 165+. At Dilip Oak’s Academy, our experienced faculty offer thorough guidance to make sure you score well. Two of our students scored 340/340, and two others scored 339/340, along with many others who scored more than 330.  Our GRE Online Coaching is as interactive as classroom coaching, and we already have more than 1000 students enrolled with us.

Good academic performance: A consistently good percentage (70% and above) or a GPA above 8.5 in your bachelor’s program is ideal for securing the best admits. If you are still in your third year and your GPA is not up to the mark, you have a good chance to amp it up.

Projects/internships: Projects and relevant internships contribute a lot to the selection process. Make sure that you have worked on good academic projects that demonstrate your technical skills. Internships show your practical experience and knowledge of the subject.

Paper presentations: Some of the best US universities often require students to publish research papers in nationally and internationally recognized seminars and reputed international publications. If you have enough time and you have not presented any paper yet, go for it. It is a great way to upscale your academic credentials and also stand out among the many applicants.

Work experience: Work experience is often an add-on to your other achievements. If you are not in a hurry to pursue MS right after graduation, we recommend you to work in your relevant field for at least one or two years and then apply for MS. This will give an edge to your application and also help you get a good job after your MS.

Strong SOP and LORs: A Statement of Purpose is a crucial document in the application process because it explains why you wish to join the university and the program. Your intent must come across strongly for the university to find you suitable for admission. At the academy, our SOP faculty helps you to draft appealing SOPs and LORs as per the university requirements.

Enroll for our online GRE batches
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Call us for more information: 91-020-67444222, 91-8007878495.

University Application Deadlines For Fall 2020

The application season is on and December is just around the corner. Here is our much-awaited blog for university application deadlines for fall 2020.



Following a list of universities with deadlines ranging from November 2019 all the way up to July 2020. At the end is a section on universities with rolling deadlines (click here to find out what is meant by rolling deadlines).

We have compiled a list of university deadlines with utmost care. However, remember that US universities may update deadlines on their websites at different times during the academic year so, we request you to cross-check the dates on official websites of the university.

Deadlines in November
University of South Carolina, Columbia1-Nov
University of Pennsylvania15-Nov
Deadlines in December
Arizona State University1-Dec
Howard University1-Dec
University of Colorado, Boulder1-Dec
Mass Institute of Technology15-Dec
Temple University15-Dec
University of California, Irvine15-Dec
University of California, San Diego15-Dec
University of California, Santa Barbara15-Dec
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign15-Dec
Deadlines in January
Dartmouth College1-Jan
Duke University1-Jan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute2-Jan
Kansas State University8-Jan
Washington State University, Pullman10-Jan
Carnegie Mellon University15-Jan
George Washington University15-Jan
Northeastern University, Boston15-Jan
Texas Tech University15-Jan
Tufts University15-Jan
University of Central Florida15-Jan
University of Cincinnati15-Jan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor15-Jan
University of Pittsburgh15-Jan
University of Southern California15-Jan
University of Virginia, Charlottesville15-Jan
Vanderbilt University15-Jan
Indiana University31-Jan
Deadlines in February
Case Western Reserve University1-Feb
Ohio University1-Feb
Oklahoma State University1-Feb
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa1-Feb
University of Florida, Gainesville1-Feb
University of Kentucky1-Feb
Western Illinois University1-Feb
Columbia University15-Feb
Florida Atlantic University15-Feb
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology15-Feb
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn15-Feb
South Dakota School of Mines & Tech15-Feb
University of Illinois Chicago15-Feb
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth15-Feb
University of Montana15-Feb
University of Rochester15-Feb
University of San Francisco15-Feb
University of South Florida15-Feb
Deadlines in March
California State University, Sacramento1-Mar
California State University, Chico1-Mar
Central Michigan University1-Mar
City University of New York1-Mar
Colorado School of Mines1-Mar
Idaho State University1-Mar
New Mexico State University1-Mar
Portland State University1-Mar
San Francisco State University1-Mar
State University of New York, Albany1-Mar
Texas Technological University1-Mar
University of Alaska Fairbanks1-Mar
University of Nebraska Lincoln1-Mar
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa1-Mar
University of Texas, El Paso1-Mar
Boston University15-Mar
Brown University15-Mar
Chicago State University15-Mar
University of Texas Arlington15-Mar
Deadlines in April
Arkansas State University1-Apr
California State University, Fullerton1-Apr
California State University, Los Angeles1-Apr
Idaho State University1-Apr
Oregon State University1-Apr
San Diego State University1-Apr
San Jose State University1-Apr
University of North Texas1-Apr
University of Oklahoma1-Apr
University of Texas, San Antonio1-Apr
University of Utah1-Apr
University of Virginia1-Apr
Virginia Tech1-Apr
West Virginia University1-Apr
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo1-Apr
Wichita State University1-Apr
California State University, Long Beach15-Apr
Clemson University15-Apr
Georgia State Univ15-Apr
Louisiana State University15-Apr
Old Dominion University15-Apr
South Dakota State University15-Apr
Stevens Institute of Technology15-Apr
University of Georgia15-Apr
Youngstown State University15-Apr
Deadlines in May
Clarkson University1-May
Eastern Michigan University1-May
Grand Valley University1-May
Illinois State University1-May
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis1-May
Minnesota State University1-May
Mississippi State University1-May
New Jersey Institute of Technology1-May
North Carolina State University1-May
Northern Illinois University1-May
Tennessee Technological University1-May
University of Dayton1-May
University of Idaho1-May
University of Louisville1-May
University of Memphis1-May
University of Michigan, Dearborn1-May
University of Nevada, Las Vegas1-May
University of New Haven1-May
University of New Mexico1-May
University of North Dakota1-May
University of Texas Dallas1-May
Wayne State University1-May
Boise State University15-May
Cleveland State University15-May
Montana State University15-May
Southern Methodist University15-May
University of Colorado, Denver15-May
University of Louisiana, Lafayette15-May
University of Tennessee, Knoxville15-May
Lawrence Technological University26-May
California State University, Northridge31-May
Deadlines in June
California State University, East Bay1-Jun
California State University, Fresno1-Jun
Louisiana Technological University1-Jun
Middle Tenn State University1-Jun
North Dakota State University1-Jun
Santa Clara University1-Jun
Syracuse University1-Jun
Texas A & M University, Kingsville1-Jun
Texas State University1-Jun
University of Alabama, Huntsville1-Jun
University of Arizona1-Jun
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville1-Jun
University of Arkansas, Little Rock1-Jun
University of California, Riverside1-Jun
University of Detroit, Mercy1-Jun
University of Houston, Clear Lake1-Jun
University of Illinois, Springfield1-Jun
University of Massachusetts, Boston1-Jun
University of New Orleans1-Jun
University of Southern Mississippi1-Jun
Florida Institute of Technology8-Jun
Drexel University13-Jun
Auburn University15-Jun
California State University, Northridge15-Jun
Illinois Institute of Technology15-Jun
Kent State University15-Jun
Marist College, Poughkeepsie15-Jun
Missouri University of Science & Technology15-Jun
Tulane University15-Jun
Villanova University30-Jun
Deadlines in July
Florida International University1-Jul
Florida State University1-Jul
George Mason University1-Jul
Lamar University1-Jul
New York Institute of Technology1-Jul
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville1-Jul
State University of New York, Albany1-Jul
University of South Alabama1-Jul
Monmouth University15-Jul
Oakland University15-Jul
University of Bridgeport15-Jul
University of Connecticut15-Jul
Rolling Deadlines
Kettering UniversityRolling
Marquette UniversityRolling
Michigan Technological UniversityRolling
Oklahoma City UniversityRolling
Rochester Institute of TechnologyRolling
State University of New York, BinghamtonRolling
University of AkronRolling
University of Alabama, BirminghamRolling
University of DenverRolling
University of Massachusetts, LowellRolling
University of North Carolina, CharlotteRolling
University of TulsaRolling
Worchester Polytechnic UniversityRolling
Wright State UniversityRolling

University Application Deadlines For Fall 2018

The application season is on, December is just round the corner …and university deadlines are coming up soon. So, here is our much awaited blog for university application deadlines for fall 2018.


Our list covers 128 universities with deadlines ranging from November 2017 all the way up to July 2018. At the end is a section on universities with rolling deadlines (click here to find out what is meant by rolling deadlines).

Remember that US universities update deadlines on their websites at different times during the academic year so, we will update this blog to keep up with changes on their official websites. We have compiled a list of university deadlines with utmost care, however, we request you to kindly cross check the dates displayed on official websites of the university.

Presenting the first in our round of deadline alerts.

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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


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
  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.

University Deadlines For Spring 2016 Semester

Spring 2016 Deadlines

The month of June is now approaching which means the spring 2016 application process should now begin. As per our standard practice we are publishing university deadlines for spring 2016 semester.

Keep in mind some universities update deadlines on their websites at different times during the academic year.

The deadlines mentioned below are for the graduate school only. The department deadlines may differ from the graduate school deadlines and hence you should cross check with your respective department for confirmation.




Deadlines in June
1University of Maryland, Baltimore County1-Jun
2Texas Tech University15-Jun
3University of Tennessee, Knoxville15-Jun
Deadlines in July
1Florida Institute of Technology1-Jul
2University of Pittsburgh1-Jul
3Washington State University, Pullman1-Jul
4North Carolina State University15-Jul
5University of Illinois, Chicago15-Jul
6University of Rhode Island, Kingston15-Jul
Deadlines in August
1Kansas State University1-Aug
2North Dakota State University, Fargo1-Aug
3University of Michigan, Dearborn1-Aug
4Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo1-Aug
5Wichita State University1-Aug
6Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute15-Aug
7South Dakota School of Mines & Tech15-Aug
8South Dakota State University, Brookings15-Aug
9University of Kentucky, Lexington15-Aug
10San Francisco State University31-Aug
Deadlines in September
1East Carolina University1-Sept
2Florida International University1-Sept
3George Washington University1-Sept
4Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago1-Sept
5Indiana University, Bloomington1-Sept
6Lamar University1-Sept
7Mississippi State University1-Sept
8Oakland University, Rochester1-Sept
9University of Alaska, Fairbanks1-Sept
10University of Nebraska, Lincoln1-Sept
11University of Oklahoma, Norman1-Sept
12University of South Carolina, Columbia1-Sept
13University of Texas, Dallas1-Sept
14University of Texas, San Antonio1-Sept
15Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University1-Sept
16California State University, Chico15-Sept
17Northeastern University, Boston15-Sept
18Texas A & M University, Kingsville15-Sept
19Tufts University15-Sept
20University of North Carolina, Greensboro15-Sept
21University of North Texas, Denton15-Sept
22California State University, Fresno30-Sept
23California State University, Northridge30-Sept
Deadlines in October
1California State University, Long Beach1-Oct
2California State University, Sacramento1-Oct
3Case Western Reserve University1-Oct
4Eastern Michigan University1-Oct
5Illinois State University, Normal1-Oct
6Indiana University Purdue University1-Oct
7Minnesota State University, Mankato1-Oct
8Northern Illinois University, Dekalb1-Oct
9Oklahoma State University, Still Water1-Oct
10Old Dominion University, Norfolk1-Oct
11Oregon State University, Corvallis1-Oct
12Pennsylvania State University, University Park1-Oct
13Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville1-Oct
14State University of New York, Stony Brook1-Oct
15Stevens Institute of Technology1-Oct
16Tennessee Technological University1-Oct
17University of Arkansas, Little Rock1-Oct
18University of Colorado, Denver1-Oct
19University of Detroit, Mercy1-Oct
20University of Houston, University Park1-Oct
21University of Idaho, Moscow1-Oct
22University of Iowa, Iowa City1-Oct
23University of Louisiana, Lafayette1-Oct
24University of Massachusetts, Amherst1-Oct
25University of Nevada, Las Vegas1-Oct
26University of New Mexico, Albuquerque1-Oct
27University of North Carolina, Charlotte1-Oct
28University of Texas, Arlington1-Oct
29University of Virginia, Charlottesville1-Oct
30West Virginia University, Morgan Town1-Oct
31Worcester Polytechnic Institute1-Oct
32California State University, Los Angeles15-Oct
33Duke University15-Oct
34Marquette University15-Oct
35Texas State University15-Oct
36University of Georgia15-Oct
37University of South Florida, Tampa15-Oct
38Villanova University15-Oct
39California State University, Fullerton17-Oct
Deadlines in November
1Florida State University1-Nov
2Idaho State University1-Nov
3Monmouth University1-Nov
4University of Louisville, Louisville1-Nov
5University of Miami, Coral Gables1-Nov
6University of Utah, Salt Lake City1-Nov
7University of Wyoming, Laramie1-Nov
8Vanderbilt University1-Nov
9Arkansas State University14-Nov
10City University of New York, City College15-Nov
11Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla15-Nov
12Montana State University, Bozeman15-Nov
13New Jersey Institute of Technology15-Nov
14University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth15-Nov
15Marist College, Poughkeepsie30-Nov
16Southern Methodist University30-Nov
Deadlines in December
1Lehigh University1-Dec
2Louisiana Tech University, Ruston1-Dec
3New York Institute of Technology1-Dec
4Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn1-Dec
5University of Alabama, Birmingham1-Dec
6University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa1-Dec
7University of Houston, Clear Lake1-Dec
8University of South Alabama, Mobile1-Dec
9University of Southern California1-Dec
Deadlines in January
1Louisiana State University, Baton Rogue1-Jan
2Wayne State University1-Jan
3New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology2-Jan
4Santa Clara University10-Jan
5New Mexico State University, Las Cruces27-Jan
Deadlines in February
1University of Maryland, College Park7-Feb
Rolling Deadlines
1Wright State University, DaytonRolling
2University of ToledoRolling

Under rolling deadlines there is no fixed application deadline declared by the university. Applications are accepted anytime till the seats for that particular semester are full.

You may also refer to our ‘University Info’ features which provides centralized information about the top 220 universities in America, including the university rank.

We wish you all the best!