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Undergraduate admission process in US

Every year, many aspiring students in our country have dreamt of studying abroad. However, many of them fail to do so due to a lack of information and resources, while others fall victim to synthetic misconceptions. To study abroad, you don’t have to be wealthy or the next Elon Musk to launch an upcoming supersonic spacecraft or invent a game-changing innovation. Yes, you read that correctly; with almost no money in your hands, you will undoubtedly gain admission to your desired university and fulfil your cherished wish to study abroad.

Today, I will discuss two major aspects of studying abroad; the first one is why studying in the United States and the step-by-step admission process.

Why study in the USA?

The United States is a leading nation in many fields of technology and research. You will get access to modern technologies and research opportunities while studying here. The country has devoted the most valuable resources to the department of research and human development.

Not only the government, but also universities and private companies in the United States, invest heavily in research projects. But one of the most appealing, practical considerations for education in the United States is that universities offer the widest range of courses and free you from the obligation of declaring a major when applying.

Most universities allow you to change your major at any time; you can explore as many fields as you want until your sophomore year (second year). Furthermore, it’s quite common here to complete double major, triple major, and even more if you want.

The next most important reason why the USA ranks at the top in education is because universities offer scholarships, stipends, and loans for higher education to enable students to pursue their studies more easily. They provide financial assistance based on merit and a few other factors rather than financial need. So, with the support of such financial aids, you can obtain a high-quality education on a limited budget.

How to apply to undergraduate programmes in the United States

With so much to manage, it’s not unusual for students to get tripped up at one or more stages of this arduous journey. Keeping this in mind, I’ve included bullet points below to make this difficult process as simple as possible.

Online application form: Common application (limited to applying for 20 colleges) and coalition applicationOne personal essay, supplemental essays (depends on colleges if they require any)Letter of recommendation (At least three, but as many as you can manage): One letter from counsellor/principal and two from other teachers. You can also take letters from your home tutor, coach and even your parents.SAT/ACT: SAT and ACT are two types of aptitude tests that assess a high school student’s college readiness and provide colleges with a single point of comparison for all applicants. Even though a growing number of US colleges are going to test optional, taking the SAT or ACT increases your chance in the midst of a holistic admission process.TOEFL/IELTS/DET: These are English Proficiency Tests to judge your English skills. However, it has nothing to do with your admission. As long as your score falls under the college’s requirement you are good to go.Extracurricular Activities: This is one of the most important parts of your application. Your activities outside of academics play a vital role in the admission process.Transcripts: Academic transcripts from Class 9 to 12.Building resume (optional)Demonstrated interest (Interviews, attending virtual events) – highly recommended

Financial Aid Application

When it comes to financial aid there are several types of colleges in the USA. But there are two most popular categories – Need-Blind and Need-based colleges.

The Need-blinds (Your financial need doesn’t affect your admission) – Amherst College

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Yale University, New York University Abu Dhabi. Other colleges are known as need-based colleges (Your financial need affects your admission)

Other than merit-based scholarships, you need two separate kinds of applications depending on which one your college requires.

CSS and ISFAA: The CSS profile allows students and colleges to submit and view ISFAA information electronically through the college board website. But some universities don’t allow access to the CSS, so you would need to fill out a paper ISFAA and return it to your college.

Thus, I’ve provided an overview of the entire admission process for applying to US universities or colleges. I have listed relevant resources below to give you a thorough understanding of each of the topics mentioned above –

How to take preparation at an early stage

Join a community of people who are applying for colleges abroadStart your application early and don’t wait for the deadlineRead English articles, books and listen to podcasts dailyParticipate in different extracurricular activities outside of your classroom. Do things that make you feel interested.Start preparing for the SAT and TOEFL/IELTS once you are in your high schoolIncrease your productivity and continuously keep progressing

Hopefully, you are now ready to explore the vastness of unending horizons and make your unfulfilled dreams come true.

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