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MBA Rankings and Admission Criteria

(If you cannot see a table please hit the header)

Rank Business School Accepted Average
GMAT
 Work Exp. Average
Age
1 U. of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 14% 700 6 29
2 Northwestern (Kellogg) 18% 690 4 27
3 Stanford 8% 727 4 27
4 Harvard 13% 701 4 27
5 Columbia 12% 704 4 27
6 Duke (Fuqua) 19% 690 5 28
7 MIT (Sloan) 17% 703 5 28
8 Chicago 25% 684 5 28
9 Cornell (Johnson) 25% 673 5 29
10 Dartmouth (Tuck) 14% 692 5 28
11 Michigan 21% 677 5 29
12 NYU (Stern) 22% 686 5 27
13 UC — Berkeley (Haas) 14% 684 6 28
14 Virginia (Darden) 19% 676 4 27
15 Yale 17% 687 5 28
16 UCLA (Anderson) 15% 698 4 28
17 Carnegie Mellon 31% 660 5 28
18 UNC — Chapel Hill 22% 667 5 27
19 Texas — Austin (McCombs) 25% 687 5 29
20 Indiana (Kelley) 32% 646 5 28
21 USC (Marshall) 27% 670 5 28
22 Purdue (Krannert) 23% 644 5 28
23 Rochester (Simon) 30% 646 6 29
24 Georgetown (McDonough) 19% 657 5 28
25 Washington U. (Olin) 29% 661 5 28

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What is Optional Practical Training?

From Yale University
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that gives F-1 students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. You may use some or all of the available 12 months of practical training during your course of study or save the full twelve months to use after you complete your studies . Authorization for optional practical training is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) – formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service or INS – and can take at least 90 days and frequently up to 120 days to obtain. It is important that you apply for the authorization at the earliest possible date.


What are the Eligibility Requirements for F-1 Optional Practical Training?
To be eligible to apply for optional practical training, you must:
have been in full time student status for at least one full academic year preceding the submission of your OPT application
be maintaining valid F-1 status at the time of the application, and
intend to work in a position directly related to your major field of study.
When should I apply?
If you are a student completing the first academic year of study (or are in a one year program), the earliest you can submit the application is 90 days prior to the date you complete your first academic year.
If you are beyond the first year of study, we recommend you submit your application no earlier than 120 days prior to the start date you request for your OPT.
If you are applying for OPT based on completion of all coursework and/or completion of your academic program, you must submit an application for optional practical training prior to your completion date. Applications received at USCIS after the completion date will be denied.
Applications will be accepted by OISS at your pre-scheduled OPT appointment.
Dates of OPT Authorization. The OPT card is approved for a specific beginning and end date. You must identify those dates on the OPT Request Form. For OPT after completion of studies or graduation, the beginning date can be no later than 60 days after the date you complete your studies. If you have questions about your OPT dates, please discuss this with an OISS adviser.
How do I apply for OPT?
OPT must be recommended by the OISS before submitting the application to USCIS. Your first step is to schedule an appointment with our office. To schedule, email sarah.henderson@yale.edu or stop by the office to sign up. Time slots will be available Tuesday through Friday, from February 1st – March 31st . Appointments will be scheduled in small group format, with time for individual questions. The session will last no longer than one hour. Your OPT applications will be reviewed for completeness and accepted for processing at the close of the session.

Admission Sync Revisited

What should I look for before selecting a program?

· Eligibility criteria
· Financial implications
· Availability of financial aid for the program
· TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/SAT scores required
· Recognition and validity of the program
· Job opportunities on completion of the program
· Future career prospects.

Which University should I join?

Very good question! You need to evaluate every University individually and observe the following:
· Does it offer the program of your choice?
· Is it recognized or accredited?
· Admission and Academic Requirements
· Minimum TOEFL/GRE/GMAT/SAT/ scores required
· On campus and off campus jobs
· Job opportunities on completion of the program
· Financial Aid/Scholarships/Assistantships offered
· Campus Life
· Proximity of the campus to the nearest city etc.

What other criteria in an institution should an International  student look for before deciding to apply to it?
If you are keen on teaching assistantship at least in second or the third semester you should choose University with large Undergraduate population and which also offers Undergraduate courses. Many students make mistake by applying to the
smaller Institutes that offers only graduate courses.

Where do I get all this information?
Come to Admission Source with its vast experience and access to up-to-date information on foreign Universities, which is essential before applying. It is very difficult for a student to gather such information all by himself in absence of such information a student can land in a wrong program or in a wrong college or in a wrong city that could seriously affect his career. Admission Source will help you select the right program and college with the assistance of latest information we have on foreign Universities, thereby saving you precious time and money. And
most of your entire career is safe in the hands of real professionals. Admission Source’s unique personalized counseling makes the difference.

What are the services of Admission Source?
Admission Source offers the following services:
Individual Counseling: Admission Source shall provide you individual counseling till you are admitted.
Selection of programs: We will advise the colleges that offer programs most useful for your career advancement.

Selection of Universities: We assess your academic records and help you understand the criteria for admission at various American/Canadian Universities. We recommend only Universities recognized and accredited by ABET, NAAB, ASLA, AACSB.

Scholarships: Admission Source will help you to apply for any merit aid and scholarships that you may be eligible for. If you are applying to a graduate school, it may be possible to find
institutions that will offer you fellowships or assistantships
.
VISA COUNSELING IS OUR SPECIALTY

What are the programs Admission Source can get admission into?

You name it we have it. Engineering, Management, Computer Science, Mass Communication, Fashion Merchandising, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Clinical Nutrition, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry are just some of the 600 programs, which Admission Source offers.

What is the Universities Admission source can get admissions? Please ask for the List of Universities. Our students are admitted to only top universities. Unlike others we only apply to universities, which are ranked.

How the systems of applying with Admission Source really work and how successful are we?

The system of applying to Universities abroad is very complicated and takes a lot of time, money and load of paper work. To address these difficulties we have devised a Common Admission Source Process. Our experts are aware of what the Universities are looking for and do the total marketing of the student application.

Why should I apply through Admission Source when I could apply on my own?
Sure. You could apply on your own as well to your desired list of Universities. But you have nothing to lose when you apply through Admission Source. For our working is so managed that the cost of applying directly shall also work out to same amount as applying through us. In addition you get all the backup facilities from us. Admission Source, being a not for Profit Organization, gives the best value.

Are Admission Source Universities fully accredited and recognized?

All Universities recommended by us are fully accredited and recognized by various accreditation bodies and organization.

What are the Standardized Tests?

Standardized Tests are tests conducted by the Educational Testing Service, USA also called the College Board, ETS. There are several tests for students at various academic levels, some of them being TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT. Standardized Tests.

Specifically, when should one ideally take the standardized Tests?

Students seeking admission in the Undergraduate courses are advised to take SAT and TOEFL latest by November of the year in which they enter 12th standard, preferably in July. Student seeking admission in Graduate course in September should take GMAT and GRE in or before November of the previous year. Taking this test only in December of the previous year will restrict the number of Universities in which you can apply.

Are there any Universities in the United States that would not require or waive the Standardized Tests?

TOEFL is a non-escapable examination for International students from countries other than whose mother tongue is English. However Admission Source has been successful in tracing certain US Universities that would not require you to have the scores of these standardized exams other than TOEFL at the time of your admissions, but they would require you to appear for these exams during the first year of the study. These Universities are less in number and may be limited to only certain programs and courses of study.

What is acceptance rate and how does it influence a student in selection of a University to apply?

Students often think that Universities that are hard to get in are necessarily better than the other ones. This is a major myth among students. Some US Universities are so big and philanthropically funded that they could take in as much as 30,000 – 40,000 students a year. This means they would take in an applicant if he/she meets the minimum admissions criteria and academic standing. Yet these Universities remain to be one of the best in the world today. Other Universities may be small and acutely funded resulting in smaller class and a less number intake.
Thus they wish to pick only the best from the total pool of applicants, and here you “find yourself rejected” and admiring all your life if only you could get into that school. Choosing Universities could be so difficult and students many times realize later on in their life, how much it counts to choose the right University for you. Remember “Harvard” or “Princeton” may be the worst of the places you could go for your personal student profile.

What are the various stages of application process for admission in US University and their time frame?

If you are interested in applying in the Fall Semester in 2004 the following should be your timetable:
Initial contact with University: JUNE – SEP, 2003
Taking entrance test: APRIL – DEC, 2003
Sending the complete application form: OCT – FEB, 2003
Receiving of admission letter: APRIL 2003
Visa application: JUNE 2003

Can there be a break in continuity in education before one seeks admission in MBA, MA, and MS?

YES, unlike in India when the general practice is for student to go directly from B.A/B.Com/B.Sc to M.A/M.Com/M.Sc/ MBA a large number of US students take up employment for a year or two immediately after the Under-graduation, and come back to University only later for their Master’s degree.

Do International students have options in funding their education?

Yes. There are proven and tested possibilities of funding your education without stress.

BANK LOANS: Many local banks in your hometown would be ready to provide you with a bank loan for the entire length of your studies abroad. If you have a relative living in America and who is willing to stand guarantee you can easily get a loan from an American financial institution. In addition ASSISTANTSHIP OR SCHOLARSHIP are available for Graduate Applicants as discussed below.

How easy is to get such finance assistantship from US Universities?

The position was quite easy till a few years back when many bright Indian students apply for admission in Graduate course received an offer of teaching assistantship along with the offer of admission. This has become quite rare in the last two to three years. Universities now days send only the letter of admission and expect student to enroll first without any financial assistantship and then take the chance in the second semester. Therefore if you propose to seek admission in the Graduate course in a US University you must prepare to pay the tuition fee and also meet your living expenses for at least one year. Otherwise your academic record should be exceptionally outstanding.

What are the types of financial assistance extended to students of US Universities? Yes.
There are proven and tested possibilities of funding your education without stress US University grants three type of financial assistance:

(I) The First one is for Under Graduate Students. Scholarships and work-study possibilities are there.
(ii) The Second is fellowship or scholarship for Graduate Students. This is a direct aid. In addition to the wavier of the tuition fees, this type of financial assistance will make available sufficient amount to the student, which will cover his living expenses. This is based on merits and does not require any reciprocal service by the student to the University except an obligation to continue to maintain a meritorious scholastic record.
(iii) The Third type of assistance also for Graduate Students. It is available to a number of Indian.

STUDENTS IN US.

A teaching assistance. It will require you to assist a senior professor in his teaching functions or to take class for Undergraduate students or assist them in their laboratory assignment.

How much will be the monthly living expenses of an Indian student in USA?

This amount will vary with the location of the University and will depend upon whether it is a big city like New York, Chicago, and Atlanta or is a relevant smaller city like Phoenix, Cincinnati or a University town like Amherst, Purdue.

But since the price of essential food items such as milk, bread and eggs are uniform almost the difference is in the different level of house rents payable in different places. Many Universities themselves provide accommodation to the large number of students enrolled in them. Typically two to four students combine together to rent a house, each student getting an independent bedroom but sharing the other facilities. Since food cooked at home is much cheaper than the restaurant food, the home make cook by turns and share the total kitchen cost. As a thumb rule one may say that the accommodation will cost each student $200 to $250 per month. Book, travel postage etc. round will cost of $50 to $70 per month. Food will cost around $100 per month. Even one can earn around $300 per month by doing odd jobs during spare hours within the University campus.

How much is the annual tuition fees in US?

There is a wide variation in the tuition fee charged by US Universities ranging from $5000 to $30,000 for a full academic year covering 9 months. In fact the annual tuition fee in some of the reputed Universities in US is as little as $7500. Generally speaking the tuition fees is the least in Universities funded by the state governments while it is higher in private institutes. Foreign students have to pay the tuition fee as a resident of other state in USA.

What is the starting salary that a graduate degree holder can hope to get in USA?

This will depend upon your subjects and whether you take up an employment with a private company or a government or with local bodies. Generally speaking the starting salary ranges between & 30,000 to 60,000 per annum.

Can an Indian student study MBBS in USA after completing 12th standard here?

There is no Undergraduate Medical College in USA. You must complete your BS degree and then take a test known as Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). It is only on the basis of your academic records in Undergraduate course and your marks in MCAT that you can apply for admission to a medical college for doing MD.

Can a MBBS degree holder from India seek admission for higher studies in USA?

No. It is almost impossible for them to get Visa for further studies. But one can seek admission in MS/MPH or Ph.D. for which you will have to take GRE and TOEFL.

To how many colleges should one apply to ensure the admission?

This will of course depend upon the credentials you are carrying in terms of your GPA, and your scores on TOEFL, GRE or GMAT or SAT. A student who for example has been a top student of a reputed institute with a overall grade point average of above 3.5 and score over 2300 out of 2400 in GRE may perhaps choose just one top institute such as Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley or Purdue University and should be certain of admission in it. The above is of course an exceptional case. Typically an International student writes to about 20-30 institutes asking for their application form and finally applies to around 10 institutions for admission. He gets admission offers from 5 to 6 from them.

Where can I get more details about this process?

Please contact
ADMISSION SOURCE
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Starting Salaries US College Graduates: Summer 2007

Trade Increase % Earnings $
Chemical Engineering 5.4 59,361
Computer Engineering 4.8 56,201
Mechanical Engineering 4.6 54,128
Electrical Engineering 3.2 55,292
Civil Engineering 5.4 48,509
Computer Science 4.1 53,396
Information Science 4.6 50,852
Information Systems 4.2 47,648
Marketing 6.1 40,161
Accounting 2.3 46,718
Business Administration 3.9 43,701
Political Science 5.9 34,590
English 5.3 32,553
Psychology 4.7 31,631
Sociology 3.5 32,033
History 3.3 33,768
Economics new to the list 48,483
Finance new to the list 47,239

Source:National Association of Colleges and Employers

Geoscience

Safe Universities

Alphabetically

Apply to these Universities if you are an average student with reasonable GPA, TOEFL and GRE scores.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO – CA
CITY COLLEGE, CUNY – NY
EMPORIA STATE UNVIERSITY – KS
GRADUATE SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY CENTER, CUNY – NY
INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY – IN
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY – IA
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY – MS
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY – MT
MONTANA TECH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA – MT
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY – NJ
NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – IL
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY – AZ
SAN FREANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY – CA

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK – ALBANY

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY – MO
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON – OH
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA – AZ
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, CHICAGO – IL
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, MONROE – LA
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, ROLLA – MO
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO – NM
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE – NC
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO – CO
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – MI

Difficult Universities

Apply to these Universities if you are in the top 10% of your class with high GPA and above average scores of TOEFL and GRE.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY – OH

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – LOS ANGELES
STANFORD UNIVERSITY
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
YALE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY – UNIVERSITY PARK
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – AUSTIN
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA – TUCSON
BROWN UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – SANTA BARBARA
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK – STONY BROOK
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON – SEATTLE
INDIANA UNIVERSITY – BLOOMINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – MINNEAPOLIS
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO – BOULDER
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – URBANA CHAMPAIGN
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – LOS ANGELES
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – SANTA CRUZ
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS – AMHERST
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – CHAPEL HILL
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – EUGENE
TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY – COLLEGE STATION
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY – COLUMBUS
PURDUE UNIVERSITY – WEST LAFAYETTE