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How I’m Going to Get Into Medical School as an International Student

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 9:50 am

The road to medical school is muddy, and one often stops to clean off the threatening mud. In my last post, I highlighted the difficulty in getting into med school as an international student, and how hard I know I will have to work to make it happen. I have spent the last year meeting […]

Need Information About Grad School? Start Talking

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Before you apply to graduate school, you have to do a lot of research to figure out where to apply.  What schools offer the courses you want?  Where will you have the best rapport with the professors?  What program will set you up for the best career? I’m going through this process right now, as […]

It’s Not Too Late To Get Admission for the Fall

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Though most students who will be starting at a U.S. college this fall are probably already thinking about what to pack, if you missed the application deadlines or got rejected from the places you applied, there’s still an opportunity to get admission for 2012-2013. According to the NACAC, over 360 colleges still have space in […]

Here’s Exactly What a College Application Form Looks Like

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 12:45 pm

A preview version of the 2012-2013 Common Application has been posted online, giving you a look at exactly what you will face if you plan to use the Common App next year, and a good sample of what your application could look like no matter where you’re applying. You can check out a PDF of the […]

The Importance of Keeping Your Options Open When Applying: Roz’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 9:43 am

Roz took part in the Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program, and wrote in to tell us about the experience. I took a crash course at USU [Utah State University] last summer. Great, unforgettable and amazing time I had there, and I wish I could return there again, even though Utah is far from my […]

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How Admissions Rates for International Students Compare

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:10 am

We were lamenting just last week that it’s difficult to find statistics on acceptance rates for international applicants at American universities, and the New York Times must have heard our cries.  This week they published international admissions statistics for 8 U.S. universities.  You can take a look at the numbers on their India Ink blog.

Where to Find Out Who Got Into College This Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Well, admissions decisions have been out for a few weeks, and apparently they were more competitive this year than ever before.  But just how competitive, and what does it mean for someone hoping to apply in the next few years? The New York Times has compiled a list of this year’s admissions statistics for some […]

Learning How to Take the SATs: Vladimir’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 […]

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