Everyone who wishes to apply for U.S colleges might say that the processes are complicated, stress, and time consuming. And, they are right. Applying for U.S colleges can be a frustrating task, especially if you are applying on your own with no other support. So, we are here to help you by guiding you on some important steps that will help you see through the process much better.
1. Choose your most favorable schools
It is most recommended to at least choose 3-5 schools that fit you the most. Look for schools that have your intended majors, activities, and opportunities that interest you. In addition, you must not overlook the importance of the colleges’ location, reputation, quality, future opportunities and most importantly, school fee.
More on choosing schools: Here
2.Take Proficiency tests
The proficiency tests are: English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC) and the General Knowledge test (ACT, SAT). Some schools in the U.S require the proficiency tests while some not. After choosing schools, it is important to find if the schools require which test or not at all.
For better understanding of the tests: Here
3. Fill in the application
In this stage, the application will normally cover six sections such as: personal background, family background, education, testing, curricular activities, and writing. In the personal background, it is required you to have email, thus, you need to have an email in advance. Applicants must also ensure that all the information completed must be accurate.
4. Collect Recommendation Letter
It usually depends on schools that you are applying to. Different colleges require different number of letters, and different people. Normally, colleges require 3-5 letters, and the letters should be from Professor, advisor, colleague, but those people must not be your relative.
More information on recommendation letter: Here
5. Write the Essay
The most important and the most difficult task on application is here! You are required to write what you might have already known as Personal Statement. It is the essay that can make you got accepted or got turned down, so put as much effort as you can on the essay. The most common questions would be for you to “Describe why you are unique” or “Tell us about how you overcome a hurdle in life”. This is the part where you have to impress the college administrator how good you are for them to select you.
6. Review all the documents and submit them
Check the spelling on your names, address, and email. Those are very important because in case you got accepted, the school will contact you through the given information in your application. More importantly, the school will send you all the fundamental information such as I-20 & acceptance letter.
*Note: Do not forget to translate all of your important documents if they are not written in English. Documents such as school transcripts, birth certificates and many more must be translated to English.
After you submitted the application, you will need to keep an eye on the schools’ announcement date. Bear in mind that schools might have different dates for the result announcement; however, it usually takes a month from the deadline of the application. Sit back and relax and wait for the result. If you got accepted, don’t forget to comment on the post so that we can share the good news!