Step-by-Step guide to apply to US colleges

The US university application process can be daunting. There are many steps to take. Many things to do. Many deadlines to meet. Especially if you are an international student, you may have no idea what you need to do. This step-by-step guide provides steps for all the major parts of a US application. There is […]

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Step 1: Make a list of universities

The application system varies widely across different universities in the U.S. Therefore, in order to keep organised and on track, you should create a list of all the universities that interest you. Do not worry if you have a long list of universities – you can filter them afterwards. How do you choose the universities? […]

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Step 2: Application Deadlines

Before you get started, you should know the deadlines. There are different deadlines that vary across different universities. The deadlines you should be concerned about are: The Application (including your information, essays, teacher recommendations) The SAT/ACT/TOEFL (these are some tests that you will have to take – we will go into more detail later) test […]

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Step 4: Create an application

Now, this is becoming more real. We are now going to create your application – don’t worry, we are not submitting it. You have a few more months until that comes along (if you have been doing this early enough). How do I create an application, you ask? Well, just as American universities vary a […]

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Step 5: Teacher Recommendations

An important part of your application is teacher recommendations. These are important because it is the only part of the application that is not written by you – which means that admission officers (people who look at your application) value teacher recommendations. In your application, you could exaggerate about how amazing you are, but if […]

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Step 6: College Essays

Be prepared to write about yourself! You will have to write some essays that vary in length. Usually (especially if you apply through the Common App), you have to write one essay about yourself. But there are ‘themes’. For example, ‘tell us about a time you were challenged and how you overcame it’. In my […]

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Step 7: Transcripts/Predicted Grades

As an international student, you may have done the IB, A-levels, APs or your own country’s system. Some of these systems have exams after the application process which means that you will not have your grades by then. Therefore, you may use your predicted grades. For US applicants, they just have to provide their GPA […]

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Step 8: Activities

If you are applying to US universities, extra-curricular activities are a large part of your application. US universities look at students with a holistic approach – thus it’s important that you display excellence in the activities you are involved in. What extra-curricular activities should I do, you may ask. That is up to you! I […]

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Step 3: SAT/ACT/TOEFL

This step, in my opinion, is the most time-consuming step of the whole application process, and thus this should definitely be started now. Now that you have made a list of the universities you are applying to and are aware of the upcoming deadlines, you should now start preparing for the SAT/ACT. This is probably […]

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