Many international students desire to spend their studying years in the United States. In today’s article we will discuss everything an international student should know before planning to send his/her applications to universities in the United States. You may be applying for undergraduate or master’s studies that is why we have included a list of low tuition universities in the United States, tuition fees, cost of living, how to apply and admission requirements.
But before that, note that United States is a country in North America which has over 4000 higher education institutes about 45 of which ranked in the best 100 universities in the world universities’ rankings.
Tuition fees in The United States are among the most expensive in the world. The tuition cost in a year, which does not include cost of living, and varies from one program to another is in the range of $5000 to $50000. But courses like MBA, Medical and some other advanced programs might cost more per year. Also, it is worthy of note that private institutions charge tuition fees higher than public or community institutions.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in USA is very high when compared to other advanced countries. This is due to the high standard of living fortified with modern facilities and Technology. International students planning to study in USA should know that there are going to the country which is a cynosure to other underdeveloped or developing countries in the world. The currency used is The US Dollar ($). Living cost can be estimated to be in the range of $700 to $1000 in a month. This depends on two main frames – your location and spending habit.
How to apply
Applying to US universities is tedious and competitive as many students also apply. You need to have high grades results to sail through. It is very recommendable to seek how to apply from the university you intend to study your course in. This can be achieved via the institution’s website. But to make this easier for our readers, below is a little guide to get them started;
To secure admission in the top and high-ranking institutions in USA you must have good grades, reliable financial support: parents, guardian, self-sponsored, achieving scholarships or merit based financial aids. Also, you must have good command over the English language.
The Common Application
If you do not want to do it yourself, you can seek help through the Common Application. The Common Application is a non-profit organisation, which provides an admission service for students. Students can apply to any of the Common Application institution members using the same form.
Below is what you must possess before thinking of applying to US universities. Endeavor to follow them carefully; the majority of Universities in USA require TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) for foreign students (Some universities in America may accept IELTS and PTE) and GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for both in state and international Students). There are some US universities where TOEFL is not compulsory. Also, TOEFL is not required for countries (UK, Australia, and Canada) whose native language is English. You must show letter of recommendation (sealed), copies of official transcripts (sealed) (Note: Some Universities accept verified copies by notary). For working people they may get two letters from current Employers but generally Letters from Professors are preferred. You need to submit a statement of purpose,
For admission to Master’s Program (Graduate Program) in US; many Universities require undergraduate (BS or bachelor’s degree) GPA to be 3/4 (US system). This grade can be compared to 80/100, 12/20*(China) and 1st division, 65 %*( for most Indian Universities). Most universities will require TOEFL from students where native language is not English or GRE (or GMAT for MBA). Application fees (nonrefundable) might vary from $20 to $100.
The deadline for fall semester is from Dec 15 to July. But you have to apply much earlier. As an international student, it may take up to 8 weeks to have your results while in state students may hear within 5 weeks all depending on Program/University.
List of Universities in USA
There are more than 4000 Universities/Colleges in USA. So, you have a wide range of institutions to choose from. Many of these universities occupy the first 100 best universities in the world universities rankings.
University of California-Los Angeles
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The University of Texas at Austin
California Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of California-Berkeley
University of Southern California
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia University in the City of New York
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New York University
College of William and Mary
Purdue University-Main Campus
Washington University in St Louis
Wake Forest University
University of California-Irvine
Tulane University of Louisiana
Michigan State University
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Iowa
Northeastern University Boston
University of California-Davis
University of Florida
Colorado School of Mines
George Washington University
University of Miami
University of Connecticut
University of California-Riverside
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth North Dartmouth
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Iowa State University
University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
Texas A & M University
Ohio State University-Main Campus
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of California-San Francisco
University of California-Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of California-San Diego
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
University of Maryland-College Park
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University of Virginia-Main Campus
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rochester
Case Western Reserve University
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
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