How to prepare admissions application
The first step is to prepare and give the test (GRE/GMAT/SAT, TOEFL). Do it as early as possible!
Remember in some countries it's difficult to get dates (especially for TOEFL.)
You probably know that you can send your GRE and TOEFL scores (completely free) to 4 universities. Before appearing in the test select 4 Universities (based on your expected score/academics).
It's a good idea to select University in each top/second/third and fourth quarter. After giving your exam be cool and apply to Universities at your center online. In case if you forget to apply online don't panic and talk to a representative at your center and they will provide free score report form to be filled.
Select Universities as follows-
- Make sure you have funds for your education & living. In case your score is low (<305
in V+Q) it is advised not to apply to (top 25, getting admissions might be tough, unless you have done something special/research, etc) costly universities because getting scholarship might be difficult and therefore even if you get admission it may not be possible to pay tuition fees (unless you can manage tuition fees).
- Check if your intended field of specialization is available. Even if you have high GRE with good
GPA and your area of specialization is not available then you might get be rejected.
- Get information on the availability of P/T jobs, financial aid scene, placements/internships, location, your country's student association (if any, not too important), etc.
- There are some Universities which mainly see your undergraduate academics(GPA)/Top 5%(Like University
of Arizona). If you have poor academics avoid these Universities.
Most Universities accept Online Applications Only (like you will upload your Transcripts, Statement of purpose, CV, etc.).
When you put email addresses of your Professor/supervisor etc. For the recommendation, they will receive an email with instructions on uploading recommendation letter. Never forget to tell your professor to write your class rank
(of course, if it's good).
You might be uploading scanned copy of transcripts in University's web portal and they might ask for official transcripts (via post, or collegenet service etc).
What after submitting your application?
Universities have online system to track your application.
~Some University do not respond via email even after admission.
~If You are getting late for I-20 (Sevis) You may request University to send Sevis I-20 via Courier
Service (You may be charged around 50$).
Some common questions
I have given my GRE and TOEFL exam.. Which Universities should I apply?
We understand applying to college costs money .. around ~$150 (Application Fees + GRE/TOEFL score fees + shipping (especially for international Students).. well use Engineering College Finder
I am International student. How should I get started?
- If you are looking for grad school make sure you have a 4 yr. BS degree or equivalent (3 yr degree from certain countries is not eligible for graduate studies (Master's degree))
- Choose Destinations (like USA, Canada, UK etc)
- Appear for Tests like TOEFL (or IELTS) + GRE (or GMAT)
- Start applying to Universities (please note: Most of the major intake in American Universities happens in fall (Aug-Sep) so for international students your application (including scores) must reach Universities by Nov(prior year) - March (same yr) depending deadlines.. (Each University/Department has it's own deadline)
- Once you get admission you will receive documents regarding visa (those documents can be taken to embassy for a student visa)
- Note: Health Insurance is mandatory for international students.
How to get admission to a top school?
As you know it's not easy.. several things mentioned below affects your chances...
- Your GRE (or GMAT) score + TOEFL/IELTS (for international students)
- GPA/Class Rank
- Your Undergrad School's reputation/ranking
- Your Recommendations (from professors of your undergrad school)
- Your Research Experience (papers published)
- Your work experience
- Your admission essay
We believe GPA + GRE is a major contributor (for international students) unless you are a student from a well known University (Please note: Your school may be in top 20 in your country but professors in the USA are not aware of all possible 1000 universities worldwide. They might know few well-known Universities through their current students unless it's really reputed University.
Will I get financial aid?
Again depends PhD students receive tuition waiver + monthly stipend which will cover all your expenses. MS (graduate) students may receive financial assistance (depending on