We urge students to start their admission processes as early as the beginning of class 12th, so we can not only guide you on the suitable universities, but also the kinds of activities you can undertake throughout the year to create a strong application.
Start preparing for your SAT /ACT/TOEFL/IELTS early so you can give more attempts in case the first one doesn’t go right.
Give a thought about the things you like to do and what you don’t, to choose the correct course.
While choosing a major, think about the subjects you like and dislike.
Ask yourself, ‘Would I prefer a desk job or going out in the field?’
Choose something that strikes the perfect match for your personality, interests and aptitude.
Evaluate the activities you have been participating in right from class 9th and think what you are good at!
If you have special interests like sports, theatre, dance etc., research on the clubs and activities the University has to provide so you can realize your full potential when you go there.
While you are selecting the universities, do not think you might be the only one with good credentials. We all know that even if you are 1 in a million, there are over 7,000 more people like you. Choose universities wisely and apply to a mix of ambitious and safe ones to hedge your risks.
Even if your SAT score or other test scores are low, don’t be disappointed. Sometimes students with excellent academic backgrounds and extracurricular activities are still admitted if their essays are good.
Don’t shortlist all your universities in one single favorite location or because you have a relative living in an area. This creates problems during the Visa process as the officers get suspicious as to why you have applied to just one location.
Do not apply for early decisions if you are not sure about where you want to go.
Don’t try to be someone else in the essays and express exactly who you are. Don’t choose an essay topic you don’t care about or cannot relate to.
Don’t base your essays on what you think the admission committee wants to hear. Rather tell them what you want them to know.
Don’t try to imitate information that is already in your application form. Remember this is a chance for you to express something additional.
Watch the language; don’t be too formal or informal. While you obviously can’t use slangs and treat the admission officers as your friend, remember you don’t have to behave like a mature adult.
While your standardized test scores and high school grades tell the admission officers about your performance, essays provide the best opportunity for you to share something beyond the statistics of academics.
Be specific and don’t try to elaborate too much on a specific event.
Don’t recycle essays from the internet as this could lead to issues of plagiarism.
Just like your essays, don’t hesitate to talk about personal issues, life changing experiences or other compelling stories you want the admission committee to know.
Collect your thoughts on the frequently asked questions before the interview and have some mock sessions.
The admission committee is there to know more about you, not to judge you for personal choices.
For international students, the interviews often take place over Skype. Make sure you are in a quiet and comfortable room with no noise. Before the interview, try and use Skype video chat for a few times if you have not used Skype recently.
After admissions, many times universities give you access to a portal, where you can check the status of the admission or upload documents that were missing earlier, so a close check should be kept.
If you are waitlisted, take a wise call between waiting for that University, or, choosing the University that has already offered you acceptance. Talk to us to make a wise decision.
Make sure you ask the University for your I20 Document or CAS letter on time.
Please take your Visa form seriously and make sure all information is accurate. You cannot have the officers think you are trying to misinterpret any information.
When the visa officer asks you why you are going to the University you have got admission in, please don’t say ‘because it’s the best’ unless you are going to an MIT or Harvard. Be subtle and say because it suits your credentials the best.
Always be well informed about the facts & figures like the location of your University, tuition fees, modules, course duration etc. as these questions might be asked in the Visa Interview.
Be prepared for questions like ‘What are your long term goals?’ and ‘Are you planning to come back to your home country?’
Have a fair idea about the income, savings, turnover and the method of financing your education.