USA is considered to be a dream destination for most of the international students, particularly from India. World renowned Institutions, International Recognition, Boundless Study Choices, Flexibility, Exciting Campus Life, Industrial Training and Research, Global Focus are some of the important aspects that make USA ideal study destination for the international students.
Application procedure to US Universities are quite competitive when compared to other countries. All students interested in applying to US Universities will have to submit the application and all the required application materials well in advance before the application dead line. Universities will have their own criteria in the selection process.
Once the university receives all the required documents, it normally takes around 6-8 weeks for the application process. Most universities will communicate their admission decisions through email, and if it positive, then the university will send them the admission document which is called as I-20, with which the students can apply for VISA.
Admission process time for most of the US Universities will be between 6-8 weeks of time, once all the required documents are submitted. It may take up to 12 weeks for some specialized programs.
The major intake for admission in most of the US Universities is Fall, which starts in August. Universities also offer admission in Spring intake which begins in January. Very few universities do offer admission for Summer intake which begins in May-June, but this intake will have limited options in terms of university and programs.
For students planning to begin their studies in Fall (August), ideal time to start with their application process is around October-November of the previous year, as most of the top universities will have their application deadline by December.
For students planning for Spring, good time to begin the application process would be around July-August. There are many universities in US which offers admissions on a rolling basis and they don’t have a particular deadline. It is suggested that one should apply at least 5-6 month before the intake.
Students are required to submit the following documents in addition to application:
The TOEFL / GRE score requirement normally differs from university to university and program to program. For admissions into decent universities the average scores would be around 80+ in TOEFL and 300+ in GRE new pattern (1000-1100 on the old GRE pattern).
Better and top ranked universities may require higher scores. However there are many universities in USA which offers admissions even with lesser scores.
Most Universities in USA require a minimum of 16 years of education to be eligible for admission to graduate programs. However there are few universities which accept even students with 15 years of education background.
Such students are normally be accepted into MBA and other management programs, while very few universities offer even some engineering courses.