The U.S. academic year begins in late August or early September, and many universities will also accept applications for January admission. The following is the preferred timetable for applying to U.S. universities, beginning the year before an August entry.
- Think about your educational future and career prospects at home
- Talk with your family about financial resources
- Read the section on Selecting a University
- Visit an educational advising center and become familiar with the application process.
- Register for tests such as the TOEFL, SAT, SATII, GRE, or GMAT
- Take entrance tests
- Attend university fairs
- Research universities and identify between four and ten that meet your needs
- Pay careful attention to deadline dates.
- Submit a winning application to at least three universities
- Letters of acceptance or rejection arrive.
- Read acceptance letters carefully. Many institutions require a separate application for housing.
- Choose the university you want to attend.
- Send letters of regret to universities you will not attend.
- Seek information about applying for a visa
- Apply for a student visa
- Make travel arrangements
- Attend a pre-departure orientation program at your school or at an educational advising center.
- Arrive in time to attend the university’s orientation program for new students
- Be prepared for an excellent academic experience!