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According to my experience :
1.All require GRE subject Test. Some claim that it is not needed but in order that your application stands out I recommend you take GRE subject Test. This will facilitate a decision in your favor.
2.They need some research work. Preferably published individually or jointly with a professor. You may even have some peer reviews. People plan this well in advance and somehow wriggle through and get their name inserted along with a professor.
3.Your field of interest should match with a professor willing to accept you as a graduate scholar.
4.Excellent Recommendations written by Professors / Superiors knowing you well and willing to write specifically about your reseach interest and scholarship. These should not be vague or general.
5.Outstanding Essays. Each School should be provided an essay specifically written for it and should not be a ‘copy-paste’ exercise.
6.Excellent GPA
7.Good GRE and TOEFL scores
8. Apply early.
9. Above all plan early about the steps required to be taken. Succesful people start taking the initial steps from Junior year. Do not wait till the Senior year.
All or some of these come to play to decide on your application.

If you are admitted by these institutes than financing your education will not be a problem.
An important observation
Admission in PhD is difficult as compared to admits to MS degree.
Universities generally require good academics and/or good research experience. If you have these you can get into a very high rank university. It is believed that good research experience can lead you to a top 1-20 ranked university.But this does not imply that academics and subject test is not given due weightage.
As you go to low rank universities (21-40) they concentrate more on academics and subject tests.Universities Ranked 41 and below concentrate on academics and experience but not subject test.
But once you get admits 80-90% of the times you get assistantships.
Academics play an important role if you don’t have experience.

A more Important Note

I am well aware that every applicant will not meet each of the criteria listed above.However if you cover about 80-90% of these you have a fair chance of admission and you must try. You may be lucky.GOOD LUCK
NBS

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BSchool Talk is a weekly show and video podcast produced by For Your Imagination, Vault.com, and a select group of business school insiders ranging from admissions directors, test preppers and the premier MBA event organizers.

For viewing the videos go here Bschooltalk

The following topics have been covered till now:

GMAT as an Indicator
Student Attributes
Favorite Application Essay
Advice to Applicants
“Must Have” Professors
Reasons for Rejection
Campus Visit
Interview Tips
Important Factors
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Choosing an MBA
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Extra-Curricular Activities
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Restructuring Essays When Reapplying
Special Considerations
Undergraduate Students in Engineering

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One of the buzzwords of today’s college-admissions process is “angular.”

Angular?

What does that mean?

Until the ’90s, the most successful college candidates were well-rounded high achievers, while today’s most sought-after students are referred to as “angular” or “focused.” One of the biggest mistakes students make today is not taking this new emphasis seriously.

When most parents applied to college decades ago, high school students were encouraged to dabble in a variety of clubs — be a candy striper, join the French Club, sell ads for the yearbook and be a member of the debate team, etc. Today, those “well-rounded” students would be considered “serial joiners” and would not be evaluated as enthusiastically.

‘Passion’: A hot property

Colleges are looking to build a well-rounded class with dedicated hospital interns, students who tutored younger students in French, yearbook editors and national debate winners. Colleges are less interested in jack-of-all-trades students. It’s the passion, the continued interest, and the leadership growth that intrigue and engage admissions committees. “Passion” — it’s undoubtedly the most overused word on the college admissions circuit, but that is what colleges say they are looking for. Helping students find their “passion” means guiding them to identify one, two or three interests or talents that they enjoy and will continue to pursue throughout their high school career and hopefully into their college years.

Nurture the passion, not because you think it will make the difference in being accepted to the college of their choice, but because it will help develop them into a more interesting and fulfilled person.

The reason for the change in priorities from well-rounded to angular is a growing belief among college admissions officials that commitment to an activity and the ability to do it well serve as strong predictors of success in all college endeavors. The serial joiner typically makes less of a contribution and has less of an effect than the one who is captivated and consumed by a few choice activities.

Beyond athletics

Many parents falsely believe that the only talents that interest colleges are athletics. In your effort to identify the right college “fit” for your student, explore college Web sites to see whether they offer courses, sponsor a club or compete in the “passion of choice.” All tiers of colleges are looking for achievers who can make a contribution to the college community. When considering extracurricular activities, after you’ve determined a real and sustained interest, ask yourselves if and how your student’s participation can possibly benefit a future college.

`Spike talents’ get attention

Applications from students with “spike talents” — top-tier ability or a highly original talent — tend to jump off the page. Spike talents can range from winning the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search to playing first oboe in the state orchestra. It is important to note, however, that spike talents will never make up for less-than-stellar grades for admission to the most selective colleges.

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University of Lancaster

Wageningen University

City University of Hong Kong

Queen Mary, Univ of London

Hokkaido University

University of North Carolina

Tel Aviv University

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Univ of Sc &Tech of China

University of Notre Dame

Ecole Normale Supérieure

Cranfield University

Michigan State University

Tufts University

Keio University

Washington University in St Louis

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Universität Stuttgart

University of Calgary

Vienna University of Tech

Universität Göttingen

Macquarie University

Helsinki University of Tech

University of Dundee

Universität Karlsruhe

University of Bologna

University of Groningen

University of MA ,Amherst

University of São Paulo

University of Campinas

University College Dublin

Rutgers,  New Jersey

University of Reading

Waseda University

Rheinisch-Westfälische Tech

Università Degli Studi Di Roma

Université Louis Pasteur

University of Leicester

University of Twente

University of Antwerp

University of Canterbury

University of Oslo

University of Surrey

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

Univ Nat Autónoma de México

University of Barcelona

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Queensland Univ of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology

Kobe University

University of Wollongong

University of Cape Town

Rmit University

US

UK

UK

US

UK

US

US

US

UK

US

US

Canada

US

US

US

Australia

Japan

Hong Kong

US

US

US

US

UK

UK

Japan

France

Australia

France

US

UK

Austraila

US

Canada

Austraila

Singapore

China

UK

Hong Kong

US

China

US

Switzerland

Australia

Australia

Canada

Japan

US

Netherlands

US

New Zealand

South Korea

US

Hong Kong

Ireland

US

US

UK

US

UK

Germany

Belgium

Australia

Netherlands

Australia

UK

Germany

Germany

UK

Singapore

UK

US

Sweden

US

US

UK

UK

US

US

US

UK

UK

US

UK

Netherlands

US

China

Austria

Canada

Netherlands

US

Japan

US

Denmark

Canada

US

US

Canada

US

UK

Finland

UK

US

Taiwan

Japan

Switzerland

Sweden

US

Canada

UK

US

Netherlands

Japan

Canada

Denmark

Switzerland

New Zealand

US

Switzerland

US

US

UK

US

Belgium

Belgium

China

Germany

Canada

Israel

UK

Denmark

Netherlands

South Korea

France

US

US

Japan

UK

US

Canada

US

Switzerland

US

Germany

Germany

UK

Germany

UK

Netherlands

Hong Kong

UK

Japan

US

Israel

Belgium

China

US

France

UK

US

US

Japan

US

Netherlands

China

Germany

Canada

Austria

Germany

Australia

Finland

UK

Germany

Italy

Netherlands

US

Brazil

Brazil

Ireland

US

UK

Japan

Germany

Italy

France

UK

Netherlands

Belgium

New Zealand

Norway

UK

US

Sweden

Mexico

Spain

Netherlands

Australia

Sweden

Japan

Australia

South Africa

Australia

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THES-QS World University Rankings 2007

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Industry Expected
Salary five
years after
graduation $
103,27498,088

97,563

95,971

95,726

95,342

93,155

92,838

92,809

92,733

91,531

91,432

91,426

90,752

90,220

89,500

89,097

89,043

88,919

88,424

88,326

88,200

87,763

87,743

87,046

87,012

86,962

86,871

86,684

86,667

86,100

85,724

85,592

85,289

85,266

85,178

84,908

84,339

84,027

83,180

82,130

81,394

79,908

79,804

56,531

88,087

Venture capitalInvestment management

Management consulting

Internet/e-commerce

Investment banking

Computer software

Financial services

Energy/power

Biotechnology

Telecommunications

Hospitality

Healthcare/pharmaceutical

Real estate

Computer hardware

Healthcare

Metals

Other

Electronics

Chemical/petroleum

IT consulting

Food service

Utilities

Airline/travel

Academic research

Automotive

Consumer goods

Hotel/restaurant/tourism

Retail/fashion/apparel

Engineering/manufacturing

Forestry/paper/pulp

Entertainment/media/public relations

Network communications/data networking

Insurance

Commercial banking

Government/public service

Engineering consulting

Aerospace/defense

Non-profit

Environmental/conservation

Transportation/distribution/logistics

Agricultural

Construction

Education/teaching

Advertising/public relations

Auditing/accounting/taxation

Average

234,344225,254

195,341

177,324

239,336

173,842

194,733

168,435

160,629

178,493

172,188

158,157

183,755

144,504

159,541

186,800

157,480

144,281

152,453

154,208

176,075

160,385

166,835

173,456

144,606

143,776

143,228

155,552

142,374

139,444

150,435

163,069

175,938

155,832

144,882

133,378

142,212

138,309

130,342

143,083

144,545

141,563

139,554

126,402

92,000

167,052

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THES-QS World University Rankings 2007

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27 new universities from 14 different countries enter the top 200

The THES-QS World University Rankings 2007 reflects the internationalisation of higher education around the world, with 27 universities from 14 different countries entering the top 200 for the first time.

• Top 10: The UK and USA still dominate – Harvard University, Cambridge, Oxford and Yale retain the top four positions for the second year. University College London and Chicago join the top 10 for the first time.

• Top 50: The addition of the Netherlands sees 12 countries featured in the top 50 compared to 11 in 2006 . New entrants include; Brown University, Bristol, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Osaka, Boston, Amsterdam.

• Top 100: The top 100 sees the number of Asian universities increase to 13 (12 in 2006) but the number of European Universities dropped to

35 (41 in 2006). North America strengthened to 43 Universities (37 in 2006).

• Top 200: Universities from 28 different countries represented in the top 200.

• Increases in International Faculty: 143 of the top 200 Universities reported an increase in their percentage of international faculty to total faculty.

• Increases in International Students: 137 of the top 200 Universities reported an increase in their percentage of international students to total students.

Some country highlights from the 2007 results:

• UK: University College London joins Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and Imperial College in the world’s elite Top 10 and is the highest riser (from 25 in 2006) among the leading institutions.

• USA: Princeton University’s continued domestic success is reflected in an improved international ranking, featuring in the top 10 for the first time, whilst, Pennsylvania, John Hopkins and Carnegie-Mellon join the top 20 for the first time.

• Asia: Universities of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kyoto, National University of Singapore, Peking, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua and Osaka lead Asian higher education, all featuring in the top 50.

• China: Fudan University joins Peking and Tsinghua Universities in world’s Top 100.

• Canada: Stronger performance with 11 universities (up from 7 in 2006) in top 200

• Latin America: In Latin American 3 universities make world’s top 200

• Ireland: University College Dublin joins Trinity College Dublin in world’s Top 200

• Scandinavia: Stronger as Uppsala and Helsinki Universities join Copenhagen University in the top 100

• Africa: Cape Town at 200 is first ever African institution in the Rankings.

According to Martin Ince, of the Times Higher Education Supplement “The 2007 THES-QS World University Rankings are the most rigorous and complete so far. They show that the US and UK model of independent universities supported with significant state funding produces great results, but they also prove that academic excellence is found on every continent.”

Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director of QS, says: “The THES-QS World University Rankings has met an important need amongst universities, employers and young candidates to be able to compare and benchmark institutions across borders. They have generated intense interest in recent years – this year, over one million unique visitors have checked out the results and methodology on www.topuniversities.com.

Interested to get Ranking Table click here: The Times Higher World University Rankings 2007