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Learning How to Take the SATs: Vladimir’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Vladimir applied to college in the U.S. from Bosnia this year.  While not his favorite part of the process, he says taking the SATs gave him a certain sense of satisfaction.  This is his story of preparing for and taking that often-dreaded exam. I remember exactly how I felt filling in the last bubble on […]

Why You Should Consider Quality of International Student Services When Picking a School

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 7:43 am

When we, international students, make a list of schools we will be applying to, we may have a lot of criteria. For some of us, academic reputation is the most important factor, and for many availability of financial aid will play a decisive role. Location also tends to come into our calculations. But a commonly […]

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Too Many Acceptance Letters? How to Weigh Your Options and Make a Decision

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Yesterday we shared some advice for anyone whose university admissions decisions didn’t turn out as they might have hoped (Read: Battling a University Rejection? 5 Stories to Get Inspired).  But what if you’re facing the opposite situation? Getting into too many schools can sound like a great problem to have, but having to choose between […]

Battling a University Rejection? 5 Stories to Get Inspired

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 10:39 am

I was with my dad on the way home from one of my softball games when my brother called and said that he letter had come in the mail. I couldn’t get home fast enough, but I was terrified. If you applied to study in the U.S. for next year, I’m sure you can relate […]

Could Financial Aid Stop Me From Transferring to My Dream School?

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 9:47 am

Dear Thuy, On behalf of the MBA in Design Strategy faculty I am pleased to offer you admission to the California College of the Arts (CCA) for the term beginning this fall 2012. Your application to the graduate program was selected from a strong pool of applicants. We believe the world of business is changing […]

Advice from Yale’s Dean of Admissions on Getting Rejected

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Yale University Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel has written some advice to applicants about how to choose among their college acceptances – and how to feel about the rejections.  It’s worth reading while you wait to hear back on your applications.  He writes: After years of experience, however, here is what I know, virtually […]

Is Passion More Important for Admissions Than Test Scores or GPA?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

One thing I learned when I was applying to U.S. universities is that standing out to the admissions committee requires much more than good test scores.  The most competitive candidates will all have well beyond average SAT and TOEFL scores, outstanding recommendation letters, and thoughtful essays.  But even that won’t guarantee them a spot at […]

Interesting Discussion Alert: What Happens if You Lie on an Application?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

What happens if you lie on your application?  We found out one possible answer recently, when it emerged that UCLA’s MBA program has rejected 52 applicants already this year for plagiarizing their admissions essays.  BusinessWeek reported that nearly 20 other business schools are using the same software that allowed UCLA to root out the plagiarized […]

Don’t Blame Yourself: Advice for Getting Through an Early Decision Rejection

by Abhushan Gautam - Posts (2). Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

You’ve toiled very hard for this. I know you have.  Some of you may have been planning out your college applications since the early years in high school, while others worked late nights to get things done at the last moment.  I’m sure a few of you are looking at this calmly, holding an early […]

Did You Know TOEFL Has a YouTube Channel?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Once again, we haven’t got any webinars to share for next week. But once again the internet has come through with something equally useful to tide us over until February, when things kick back into high gear. A couple of people asked us this week about studying for the TOEFL, and in looking for good […]

Why I’m Studying Pre-Med, Despite the Odds

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 10:45 am

A few weeks ago we discussed how difficult it is to get into an American medical school as an international student.  Many of them don’t consider international applicants at all, and there’s very little scholarship money available. [Read about applying to medical school as an international student] But a small number of international students DO […]

15 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make Right Now If You Want to Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 12:34 am

We asked all our bloggers to share the one New Year’s resolution someone should make if they want to study in the U.S.  Submitted humbly in the hope that it will help you achieve your goals, here is their list of 15 resolutions you can make for 2012: 1. Get a calendar and mark all […]

Can International Students Attend American Medical School?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thanks everyone who participated in our Q&A event this week.  I hope it somewhat made up for the lack of real webinars happening in the world! Our last question comes from Hana, who asked: are there any medical scholarships for international students? I have to admit, medical school is not an issue we’ve ever covered […]

Advice for Prospective International Students, with Bonus Two SAT Horror Stories

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yesterday we shared the first of two recent phone conversations we had to talk about studying and living in the U.S. If you didn’t have a chance to listen to that one, check it out. In this second conversation, we start out talking about American culture, but with prospective student Vladimir on the line, quickly […]

Only in America Moments, Plus Lots of Advice from International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

You might remember last year we had a blast recording and sharing a few phone conversations where the bloggers compared notes from their year in the States. If you haven’t listened to those, check ‘em out.  They were lots of fun: Pete and Repeat are on a Boat…and Other Adventures in American Culture In fact, they […]

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