Most American colleges have two intake seasons viz; fall- commences late August and spring- commences in January. So what if you’ve missed your chance at securing admission for fall? Spring intake is yet to come and we are here to guide you on what you will be needing in your next step to apply to US schools and get closer to living your American dream!

Are there any specific requirements for the US?

Application requirements may vary depending on different schools and also on the programme you wish to study. But do not fret! Our student hotline is ready with answers to all your questions when you think you are ready to begin with your application.

Some general requirements that you need to fulfil in order to be considered for acceptance are the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (for most universities)
  • Have successfully completed 12 years of the international equivalent of US/Canadian secondary education
  • Have completed an aptitude and language efficiency test
  • Complete and pass the entrance exam at the university

How To Know If Your Score Equals A US school GPA?

Indian applicants may find the term “GPA” unfamiliar. GPA or grade point average is the average of all the grades earned throughout high school semesters. Since Indian schools widely follow either a percentage or 10-point GPA system, you may need a background on understanding the GPA grading scale followed by US schools and grade equivalencies.

Also depending on the school you choose to study in, you may need to have obtained a minimum score to be accepted for admission. For eg: A minimum score of 65% and above is required on an average to apply for Humanities course in the US, and a score of 70-80% and above is considered good for admission in science and business courses. However even in case your high school grades do not meet US college admission requirements, there are always ways around it.

Mentorship programme is the best solution for international students to obtain additional credits while living on campus as an extended student. An extended student gets access to all student resources and activities on campus and is mentored by a university professor during the course of his/her semester in the school. This is the best way for students to use their time in getting exposed to foreign culture while learning on campus, and alongside earning upto 15 credits. These earned credits will help big time in bringing you at par with university level admission requirements for jan intake.

What documentation will you need?

The first step before applying to a university, after deciding where you would like to apply, of course, is to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation. Certain schools might require some additional documentation, but here is the general list of documents that you will require to apply:

Application fee: Most universities require you to pay a processing fee before you are able to apply. This can usually be paid online or via an EFT.

Recommendation letters: You will need at least three recommendation letters from your teachers. Ask the teachers that know you best for this and just confirm with the university on how these should be submitted.

Application Form: What good will preparing all the documentation be, if the university does not have your information or know what degree you are applying for? Ensure that you fully complete the form and submit it in time with all the required documentation.

Transcripts: If you are applying while you are still in school, then you can simply send in your marks that are available to date. Once you have received your final marks, and transcript paper, your application process becomes quicker. Also make sure that your transcripts are duly attested.

Resume: If you have work experience while attending school, this will be a big bonus. Create a resume for yourself that you send in with your application. It should preferably not be longer than two pages. In it, you should mention extracurricular activities that you participated in, achievements, certificates that you received etc.

Statement of Purpose: This is a document that you have to write about yourself. In the document, tell a bit about yourself, what you are interested in and what you would like to do after completing your degree. Also say why you chose that specific university and career path. This can make a big difference in your application so put a lot of attention and focus on this document.

TOEFL/IELTS Score: If English is not your first language, then the university will require you to complete the TOEFL or IELTS test in order to gain admission. The certificate has an expiry date, so ensure that it is still valid when you submit your application.  

Certificates: Send in a copy of any certificates that you achieved during your high-school years. This includes your senior secondary certificates and higher secondary certificates, once you have received them.

Portfolio: Portfolio showcasing design or artwork is a great way to demonstrate your skills in case you are applying for a fine arts or fashion course.

A financial affidavit from parents: This is a letter from your parents to confirm that they are able to pay your tuition fees. Some universities only require this after you have been granted admission.

Passport: If you haven’t yet applied for a passport, ensure that you apply as soon as possible. You will need it to travel to the US for your entrance exams. Once you have received it, send in a copy of the first and last pages of your passport.

Passport size photographs: The university will specify on their website how many photographs you require. Ensure that your photographs are the correct size, as requested by the university.

These are some of the schools that we recommended in the US:

All the ivy league universities like Yale, Harvard and Princeton that has been made popular by Hollywood are located in the US. Of course, these also come with an exceptional price tag…

Here is our list of universities that we recommend (without the price tag):

Maryville University campus

Maryville University

Maryville is located in west St. Louis County of Town and Country. It is 22 miles from downtown St. Louis, Missouri and is surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. The university has more than 90-degree programmes and offers a 13:1 student to faculty ratio.
If you enjoy nature and a friendly community, then this is the university for you. Here is our full profile on Maryville University.

American University

American University

This is a private research university located in Washington D.C. The university was established in 1892 and proudly boasts that 94% of their full-time lecturers hold the highest degree in their field.
If you are worried about finances then this is a great choice for you! American University offers partial scholarships to eligible international students so why not look at their profile!

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

This university has stood the test of time, making it through the Civil War and World War II! Not only do they offer a great learning experience but also a bit of preserved history.

The university has an 18:1 student to faculty ratio and tuition fees will, on average, work out around USD 30,300 per year. Did you know that they also have the largest Ernest Hemingway collection in the world?

Look at their profile today to learn more about them!

Deciding to go and study in the US will be a great door opener for you and you will get to have a lot of fun along the way! Start getting all your documentation ready for the application and be sure to apply in time. This is the start of a whole new chapter in your life!

You can find and apply to most undergraduate and postgraduate schools in the United States on SchoolApply.

About the Author: Lizan Gray, is currently an editorial assistant for an online company in Dubai. An adventurer at heart, she is originally from South Africa and busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.