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Admission Factors

According to a survey- weightage given to  factors for acceptance to a graduate program are:

58.3% Grades
10.1% Research
6.1% References
6.7% Test Scores
12.0% Job Experience
3.3% Essay
3.6% Extracurricular

What Happens If My Undergraduate GPA Is Low?

Undergraduate GPA is the most common criterion used in admission, but it is not an infallible predictor of graduate success.

If you discover that your GPA is low, either in terms of being below the minimum required for admission, or low by comparison with other persons applying to a particular program, you need to find some ways to offset the lack of a high GPA. Since graduate programs often use multiple criteria for admission, this is not as difficult as it may seem at first. By gathering strong recommendation letters, scoring well on admissions tests, doing internships or post-baccalaureate employment in the field, you can offset the effect of a low GPA.

It is also appropriate to call attention to non-academic circumstances which may have prevented your GPA to accurately represent your capacity, so as to place your record in an appropriate context. If circumstances affected your performance, you can describe them and indicate what steps you have taken to overcome those circumstances. Such explanations can either be incorporated in your statement of purpose or written up as a separate statement to be included with your application form. The important thing is to phrase your explanation so that it does not sound like excuse-making. Having others read and critique your statement can be very helpful here.

If your GPA was the result of a learning disability or other such condition, you will have to decide whether or not to disclose the disability in explaining your academic performance. Federal law prohibits discrimination in admissions on the basis of disability. It is even illegal to require applicants to disclose disabilities on an application form. But many students feel that disclosing their disability in the admissions process places them at a disadvantage. I can’t argue that they are wrong.

I will say this: if you can show that, once your disability was identified and you began to receive necessary accommodations, your performance was much stronger than it previously was, or better yet equaled or exceeded the minimum required for admission, you have placed yourself in a strong position. If you show that reasonable accommodations put you on an equal footing with the other applicants to the program, the program can’t disqualify you on the basis of your disability.

For More on GPA also see :

Advice about low GPA

Safe Universities

Please note that different programs have different range of requirements.

CS and EE are the most demanding in engineering.

In sciences Biology and Chemistry are having strict admission requirements.

Of Professional programs Biotechnology, Pharmacy are difficult to get into.

If you are applying to any of the above programs admission requirement shall become more demanding.

GRE Range 1100-1150

GPA Range above 60%-65%

University of Texas Dallas
University of Houston
Syracuse University
University of Memphis
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Maryland Baltimore

GRE Range 1000 – 1100

GPA Range 60 – 65%

New Mexico State University
Wayne State University
California State University San Jose
University of Dayton
University of North Texas
Wichita State University
University of Missouri Kansas City
Texas A & M Commerce
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Louisiana Lafayette
Illinois Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology
San Diego State University
University of Texas Arlington
University of South Dakota
Clarkson University
Northwest Missouri State University
Portland State University
University of Texas Arlington
East Carolina University
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Illinois State University
University of Toledo
Tennessee Technological University
University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Temple University
University of Nebraska Omaha

George Mason University
Louisiana State University
Villanova University
Louisiana Tech
Rochester Institute of Technology
Northern Illinois University
University of Alabama Huntsville

Wright State University

GRE Range 900-1000

GPA Range 55-60%

University of Findlay
Farleigh Dickenson University
Gannon University
Robert Morris University
New York Institute of Technology
Oklahoma City University
Mc Nesse State University
St Joseph University
Governors State University
Ferris State University
University of Bridgeport
Grand Valley State University
Kent State University
Suffolk University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
SUNY New Paltz
Ball State University
University of New Heaven, Connecticut
Indiana State University
Texas A & M Kingsville
Western Kentucky University
Lamar University
Golden State University
Bowling Green State University
University of Detroit at Mercy
Widener University
Bowling Green state University
Boise State University
Towson University
Southern New Hampshire University
State University of New York
University of Texas at El Pasco
California State University Chico
St Clouds State University, MN
Eastern Michigan University
Western Illinois University
Arkansas State University
University of Illinois at Springfield
Oakland University
Loyola Chicago
University of Southern Mississippi
Montana State University
University of Louisville
Middle Tennessee State University
Southern Illinois Carbondale

Old Dominion University

World University Rankings


1 Harvard University
2 University of Cambridge
3 University of Oxford
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4Yale University
6 Stanford University
7 California Institute of Technology
8 University of California, Berkeley
9 Imperial College London
10 Princeton University
11 University of Chicago
12 Columbia University
13 Duke University
14 Peking University
15 Cornell University
16 Australian National University
17 London School of Economics and Political…
18 Ecole Normale Supérieure
19National University of Singapore
19University of Tokyo
21 McGill University
22 University of Melbourne
23 Johns Hopkins University
24 ETH Zurich
25 University College London (UCL)
26 University of Pennsylvania
27 University of Toronto
28 Tsing Hua University
29Kyoto University
29University of Michigan
31 University of California, Los Angeles
32 University of Texas at Austin
33 University of Edinburgh
33 University of Hong Kong
35University of Sydney
35Carnegie Mellon University
37 École Polytechnique
38 Monash University
39 University of Geneva
40 University of Manchester
41 University of New South Wales
42 Northwestern University
43 New York University
44 University of California, San Diego
45 University of Queensland
46 King’s College London
46 University of Auckland
48University of Rochester
48Washington University in St. Louis
50Chinese University of Hong Kong
50University of British Colombia
52 Sciences Po Paris
53 Vanderbilt University
54Brown University
54University of Copenhagen
56 Emory University
57 Indian Institute of Technology
58Hong Kong University of Science & Techno…
58Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
60 Case Western Reserve University
61Nanyang Technological University
61Dartmouth College
63 Seoul National University
64University of Bristol
64Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne…
66 Boston University
67 Eindhoven University of Technology
68 Indian Institute of Management
69 University of Amsterdam
70School of Oriental and African Studies
70Osaka University
72 Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon
73 University of Warwick
74 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
75 University of Basel
76 Catholic University of Louvain
77 University of Illinois
78 University of Dublin, Trinity College
79University of Otago
79University of Wisconsin
81 University of Glasgow
82Macquarie University
82Technische Universität München
84 University of Washington
85 University of Nottingham
86 Delft University of Technology
87 University of Vienna
88 University of Pittsburgh
89 University of Lausanne
90University of Birmingham
90 Leiden University
92 Erasmus University Rotterdam
93Lomonosov Moscow State University
93Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie
95 Utrecht University
96 Catholic University of Leuven
97 Wageningen University
98 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
99Queen Mary, University of London
99Pennsylvania State University
101 University of Southern California
102Georgetown University
102University of Sheffield
102Rice University
105Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
105University of Adelaide
105University of Sussex
108 National Taiwan University
109University of St Andrews
109University of Zurich
111Wake Forest University
111University of Maryland
111University of Western Australia
111Uppsala University
115 University of Twente
116Fudan University
116University of Helsinki
118 Tokyo Institute of Technology
119 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
120 Keio University
120Université libre de Bruxelles
121 University of Leeds
122 Lund University
123 University of North Carolina
124University of Massachusetts, Amherst
124University of York
126 University of Aarhus
127 Purdue University
128Kyushu University
128Nagoya University
130University of Virginia
130Tufts University
132 Durham University
133University of Alberta
133Vrije University Brussels
133University of Newcastle upon Tyne
133Hokkaido University
137 Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
138 Vienna University of Technology
139 University of Liverpool
140 Cranfield University
141 University of California, Santa Barbara
141University of Ghent
141Cardiff University
141University of Southampton
145 Georgia Institute of Technology
146 RMIT University
147Tel Aviv University
147Chalmers University of Technology
149 Freie Universität Berlin
150Texas A&M University
150Korea University
152 University of Notre Dame
153 University of Bath
154 City University of Hong Kong
155 McMaster University
156Universität Göttingen
156Curtin University of Technology
158Waseda University
158Universität Ulm
158Technion – Israel Institute of Technolog…
161Chulalongkorn University
161Université Louis Pasteur – Strasbourg I
163 Michigan State University
164 Saint-Petersburg State University
165Université libre de Bruxelles
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168Tohoku University
168George Washington University
170Universität Tübingen
170University of California, Davis
172University of Maastricht
172Yeshiva University
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172Royal Institute of Technology
176 Queen’s University
177 University of Oslo
178 University of Bern
179 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
180 Nanjing University
181Kobe University
181University of Montreal
183Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
183Jawaharlal Nehru University
185 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
186 University of Innsbruck
187 University of Minnesota
187 Universität Frankfurt am Main
187 Brandeis University
190 University of Barcelona
190University of Reading
192University of Malaya
192Queensland University of Technology
194 Technical University of Denmark
195 University of Aberdeen
196 University of Wollongong
197 Università degli Studi di Roma – La Sapi…
198University of California, Irvine
198Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Te…
200 Universite Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

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GPA Conversion Part 2

Some schools drop credits, certain courses, or use a 4.3 scale, (which may boost your GPA if you received any A+s). These differences are not taken into account because it would be almost impossible to accurately determine how each school will adjust your GPA. Most people’s GPAs will rise slightly as a result of these adjustments. Keep this in mind when using the charts.

The following table converts percentages to GPA. Every school uses a different method, so there might be a slight margin of error.

If your marks are on a percentage scale and you are trying to see where you ‘fit’ on a particular chart, check out the school’s web site to see how they will convert your GPA.

When applying to a school do not convert your grades. Send them in original form. Every school has it’s own method of conversion it is best that they do it themselves.

1st Method

% / GPA

100 / 4.00

84 / 3.94

68 / 2.50

99 / 4.00

83 / 3.88

67 /2.40

98 / 4.00

82 / 3.82

66 / 2.30

97 / 4.00

81 / 3.80

65 / 2.20

96 / 4.00

80 / 3.70

64 / 2.10

95 / 4.00

79 / 3.60

63 / 2.00

94 / 4.00

78 / 3.50

62 / 1.90

93 / 4.00

77 / 3.40

61 / 1.80

92 / 4.00

76 / 3.30

60 / 1.70

91 / 4.00

75 / 3.20

59 / 1.63

90 / 4.00

74 / 3.10

58 / 1.56

89 / 4.00

73 / 3.00

57 / 1.49

88 / 4.00

72 / 2.90

56 / 1.42

87 / 4.00

71 / 2.80

55 / 1.35

86 / 4.00

70 / 2.70

54 / 1.28

85 / 4.00

69 / 2.60


2nd Method

For the 9 point scale use the following Table
9 – 4.0
8 – 3.7
7 – 3.3
6 – 2.7
5 – 2.0
4 – 1.3
3 – 0.5
2 – 0.25
1 – 0.0

3rd Method

For 12-point use this table from McMaster’s site












































Also these Links about GPA may be of interest to you:

Low GPA Stories 

About GPA and Class Position 

More on GPA 

What Happens if my undergraduate GPA is low?

Grade Point Average and Admissions 

 Understanding GPA

How to convert percentage marks to the GPA system? Part 1

Advice on Low GPA


SAT Scoring Policies from Top Schools

In evaluating scores for the new SAT, the following schools plan to give Writing section

More Weight / Equal Weight / Lesser Weight / No Weight/ or else are Undecided

relative to the Math and Critical Reading sections.

More Weight
Loyola University New Orleans

Equal Weight
Alma College
Barnard College
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Carleton College
Colorado College
Concord College
Dartmouth College
Drury University
Duke University
Emerson College
Fisk University
Fordham University
Gordon College
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Hartwick College
Harvard University/Harvard College
John Brown University
Lawrence University
Lycoming College
Manhattan College
Marist College
Merrimack College
Pomona College
Providence College
Regis College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Russell Sage College
Salisbury State University
Seattle University
Stanford University
Towson University
Tufts University
University of California
University of Hartford
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of North Dakota
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of the Pacific
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Wabash College
Washington University
Webster University
Wellesley College
Westminster College
Lesser Weight
Allegheny College
Augustana College
Beloit College
Bennington College
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State College
Bryant College
Bryn Mawr College
Canisius College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Clarkson University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Columbia University, Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell College
Dickinson College
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Flagler College
Fresno Pacific University
Hampden-Sydney College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Johnson C. Smith University
Lehigh University
Luther College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Marymount Manhattan College
Mercer University
Messiah College
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Monmouth College
Monmouth University
Muhlenberg College
Nebraska Wesleyan University
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Union College
Point Loma Nazarene University
Purdue University, West Lafayette
Saint Olaf College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Suffolk University
Susquehanna University
Truman State University
Tulane University
Union College
United States Merchant Marine Academy
University of Florida
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Notre Dame
University of Redlands
University of Southern California
University of the South
University of Washington
Ursinus College
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Military Institute
Washington and Jefferson College
Westmont College
Whitman College
William Jewell College
Wofford College
Yeshiva University
No Weight
Adelphi University
Alcorn State University
Alfred University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Augustana College
Azusa Pacific University
Baldwin-Wallace College
Ball State University
Baylor University
Berea College
Biola University
Bowie State University
Bowling Green State University
Bradley University
Brigham Young University
Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, Long Beach
Cedarville University
Chatham College
Chicago State University
Christopher Newport University
City University of New York, Queens College
Clark University
Clayton College & State University
Clemson University
Coker College
College of New Jersey
College of the Ozarks
Concordia University, Irvine
DePaul University
Drake University
Drexel University
Earlham College
Elmira College
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida Southern College
Franklin and Marshall College
Freed-Hardeman University
Furman University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Grove City College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamilton College
Hanover College
Hastings College
Hendrix College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hope College
Houghton College
Humboldt State University
Huntingdon College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Kansas Wesleyan University
Kenyon College
La Salle University
Lebanon Valley College
Louisiana State University and A&M College
Loyola College
Loyola University of Chicago
Lynchburg College
Mary Baldwin College
Mary Washington College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McKendree College
Miami University
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millikin University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Morehead State University
New College of the University of South Florida
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Niagara University
North Georgia College and State University
Northwestern College of Iowa
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Oral Roberts University
Ouachita Baptist University
Pace University, New York
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Pitzer College
Polytechnic University
Quinnipiac University
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rider University
Roanoke College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Augustine’s College
Saint Bonaventure University
Saint Louis College of Pharmacy
Saint Vincent College
Salem College
Samford University
San Diego State University
Scripps College
Seton Hall University
Siena College
Southern University and A&M College
Spring Hill College
Springfield College
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton University
State University of New York, New Paltz
State University of New York, Stony Brook
State University of New York, University at Buffalo
Stevens Institute of Technology
Taylor University
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Transylvania University
Trinity International University
Trinity University
Union University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy, West Point
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama, Huntsville
University of Dallas
University of Iowa
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of Northern Colorado
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Rhode Island
University of Rochester
University of Saint Thomas
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina Columbia
University of Texas, Austin
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, Superior
Voorhees College
Wake Forest University
Washington College
Wells College
Wesleyan College
Western Maryland College
Western Washington University
Wittenberg University
Yale University
York College of Pennsylvania
Agnes Scott College
Albertson College of Idaho
Albion College
Babson College
Butler University
California Institute of Technology
Catholic University of America
Champlain College
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Coe College
Columbia University/Columbia College
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Davidson College
Denison University
Drew University
Emory University
Fairfield University
Florida Atlantic University
Geneva College
Georgetown College
Hamline University
Harding University
Harvey Mudd College
Hillsdale College
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Lynn University
Lyon College
Macalester College
Mills College
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rust College
Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick region
Saint Michael’s College
San Francisco State University
Spalding University
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of New Mexico
University of San Diego
University of Tennessee
University of Tulsa
Wartburg College
Whitworth College
Willamette University
Williams College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Secrets of Standing Out From the Pile: Getting Into Graduate School

Matthew T. Huss
If you are beginning the process of applying to graduate school this year, you are realizing it’s not easy. You are learning schools are looking for GRE scores of 800, a GPA of 4.5 on a 4.0 scale, at least two dozen publications, and a letter of recommendation from Sigmund Freud. Maybe not, but you probably have felt as if this were at least close to the truth at times. I had similar thoughts when I was just applying to PhD programs, especially after I didn’t get into a school the first time around. As a result of my first-time failure followed by my later success, I learned there were more factors involved in getting into graduate school than grades or GRE scores. I hope that what I have learned can help those of you just starting the process.
When people speak of the keys to getting into graduate school, GRE scores and grades are usually the focus. They are usually seen as first-order criteria. They are referred to as first-order criteria because schools often look at these particular aspects of an application first. While this is true, and the importance of such criteria cannot be overemphasized, they are simply screening mechanisms for most schools. Schools have certain minimums or average scores they have found are characteristic of successful students. If programs advertise that their students’ average GRE scores are about 650 and their average GPA is 3.75, realize these are only averages. There are students who were accepted with 800s and 4.0s, but there are also students who were accepted with 550s and 3.3 grade point averages.
Depending on the area, a graduate program may receive anywhere from 50 to 500 applications in any given year. Most of these applicants are going to have high GRE scores and good grades or they wouldn’t be applying to graduate school. All of these applications are going to be thrown into the pile. As long as your scores are around these averages, you can stay in the running. You can stay in that pile. The longer you stay in the pile, the better your chances are of getting into the school. If you have the basic credentials, the things that enable you to stick out from the rest of the applicants are going to get you admitted into the program.
One of the best ways to stand out from the rest of the pile is research, research, research! Most graduate programs are at large universities where faculty are under pressure to publish. Prospective applicants who have demonstrated they are capable of undertaking research projects and have acquired a number of research skills are very attractive to a program. These are skills faculty members won’t have to spend time teaching a new student.

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Best Undergraduate Colleges and Schools Part 1

School Fees $ TOTALEnrollment INTlEnrollment IntlFinancialAid
01 HARVARD 32164 18103 472 YES
02 PRINCETON 31599 6200 450 YES
03 STANFORD 30939 14219 240 YES
04 YALE 31940 11059 326 YES
05 CALTECH 25476 1973 84 YES
06 MIT 31900 9947 334 YES
07 AMHERST 31819 1664 64 YES
08 BROWN 32280 7758 396 YES
09 COLUMBIA 32706 3913 146 YES
10 DARTMOUTH 31983 5308 225 YES
11 SWARTHMORE 31690 1467 106 YES
12 WILLIAMS 31520 2162 116 YES
13 DUKE 31009 11589 230 YES
14 RICE 21346 4062 NO
15 UPenn 31592 22148 835 NO
16 CORNELL 31675 18914 996 YES
18 HAVERFORD 31400 1118 28 YES
19 JOHN HOPKINS 31530 5022 223 NO
20 MIDDLEBURY 31600 2265 166 YES
21 NORTHWESTERN 30610 15406 250 NO
22 POMONA 30920 1549 35 YES
23 UNIV OF CHICAGO 32204 12117 173 YES
24 BOWDOIN 31475 1583 38 YES
25 CARLETON 28230 1881 28 YES
26 HARVEY MUDD 30100 899 15 YES
27 WELLESLEY 30554 2240 120 YES
28 WESLEYAN 31630 2900 99 YES
29 CLAREMONT McKENNA 27870 1025 46 YES
30 GRINNEL 25060 1335 119 YES
32 Barnard 31400 2270 78 NO
33 DAVIDSON 28568 1623 51 YES
34 EMORY 30780 11000 141 NO
35 VASSAR 31010 2350 113 YES
36 BRYN MAWR 31460 1779 101 YES
37 MACALESTER 26448 1794 198 YES
38 SMITH 30442 2778 162 YES
39 U Cal-BERKLEY 30290 772 NO
40 BATES 31400 1650 90 YES
41 CARNEGIE MELLON 28730 8436 745 NO
42 COLBY COLLEGE 31580 1764 124 YES
44 OBERLIN 30442 2973 170 YES
45 REED 30700 1353 101 YES
46 TUFTS 32126 8742 376 YES
47 UNIV OF NOTRE DAME 27980 10275 124 NO
48 UNIV OF VIRGINIA 8719 22433 455 NO
50 BRANDEIS 32289 4527 166 YES


Application Checklist

When applying to a University, you need to include certain items as part of your application package. Each college has its own set of requirements, but the checklist given below should satisfy the needs of most colleges.

1. Application FEE
A banker’s draft (US dollars) should be prepared for the required application fee in favor of the University

2. Application Form
Use the right application. International students are required to use a different application or they are asked to provide additional information then asked in the normal forms. If you are using a hard copy of the application the address where you are to send the documents shall be mentioned there.
If you are applying online then you need not send a hard copy of the application. However, when you submit the online application you will get an acknowledgement with your student ID. When sending the documents include a copy of this receipt. Mark all your documents with the student ID. The acknowledgement shall also tell you the address where your documents are to be sent.
Do keep in mind that some universities accept only online applications. Others offer some incentive in the form of lower application fee for applying online. The third category says it makes no difference whether you apply online or send a paper application.
In all these cases you have to send the documents by mail only. So whether you apply online or use paper application you will have to incur the postage/courier charges.

Program Application:
Ascertain whether the program of your choice requires any special application and if it is asked send this separately to the department. This envelope should also carry any additional material asked by the program. You should check the department’s address from the web site of the university.

Official Transcripts of Undergraduate Coursework
Prepare transcripts of all undergraduate coursework completed at the time of applying to the US, and have all copies sealed and stamped by your undergraduate university to make them ‘official’.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Get recommendation letters from Professors who are familiar with your undergraduate academic work. Many Universities also ask you to include a ‘Student Evaluation Form’ along with your recommendation letters. Learn how to write a good recommendation letter by following the tips given in the messages of the group.

Personal Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Your mark-sheets & score reports speak for themselves, therefore a ‘Personal Statement of Purpose’ is the only means you have to communicate to the admissions officer why you deserve to be admitted to their University. Go through the Personal Statement section for detailed information.

Financial Certificate
At the time of applying, you need to indicate sufficient funds to support your education. Request your bank to issue a certificate as proof of the same.

Letter of Support
If a relative or friend is sponsoring your education, then you have to include a signed letter of support from them, indicating their willingness to fund your study in the US.

Copy of GRE & TOEFL score reports
You can include a copy of your GRE & TOEFL score reports, but you should also make sure that you ask ETS to send your scores directly to the Universities you are applying to.

Additional Certificates
Most colleges don’t value certificates for extra curricular activities unless they are directly related to your chosen field of study. But, if you have work experience or have completed projects in your intended field of study, you should definitely include a letter/certificate from your employer or supervisor.

Admissions New FAQ

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 Indian 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 thesmaller 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. Andmost 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.


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 lessnumber 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, 2003Taking entrance test: APRIL – DEC, 2003Sending the complete application form: OCT – FEB, 2003Receiving of admission letter: APRIL 2003Visa application: JUNE 2003Can 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 discussedbelow.

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 expensesof 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 costeach 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 (MD) 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.

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