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Which college is #1? What’s the best school in the United States for you?

The #1 US College for You

The #1 US College for You

Those two questions in almost every situation result in very different answers for most international students. What does #1 mean? Is it the be all and end all if you do not get admitted to the “best” college? In the United States, one thing that is very different from most other countries is that there is no official ranking of institutions. Continue reading

Standardized tests: What’s required & what’s not



Unlike most countries there is not a specific test or set of tests that are universally required for admission to U.S. colleges and universities. Traditionally, U.S. students have had to take one of two primary standardized tests: ACT or SAT (and SAT Subject tests at more selective institutions). Continue reading

So many choices, so little time: Tips to research your choices

How do you get from 4500 to 10 to 1? That answer for mosecret of lifest international students is the ultimate goal. Finding that one college, the best fit for you (what does that mean?) can be a long journey. How much time do you have or should you plan for to achieve this goal? In last week’s blog on Beginning the College Search, the recommendation of 12-18 months in advance of when you wish to begin your studies remains the most practical timeline to use.

On the issue of what the “best fit” is for you, ultimately the answer will be different for everyone. In the movie, City Slickers, a grizzled old cowboy asks, do know ¬†what the secret of life is? The city slicker has no idea, so the cowboy tells him: “One thing, just one thing” and the rest doesn’t matter. What’s that one thing? “That’s what YOU got to find out.” Continue reading

Find scholarships for international students


Don’t be discouraged by the cost of tuition in the U.S. there are plenty of scholarships you can apply for. Here are three ways to increase your chances of earning scholarship money.

Talk with EducationUSA. They have advisors around the world who can help you explore your options.

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What does it take to get into a U.S. university?

300x200-November-PassportA way to stand out. More than 764,000 international students are currently studying in the U.S., and the number of international students who are applying to U.S. universities has increased a lot in recent years. Talk with your teachers and advisors to help you create an application package that stands out from the crowd. Remember to highlight not just excellent academic performance but other areas where you excel, such as community service or extracurricular activities.

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