Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Timeline for International Students: Are You on Track?




Is it really March already? Our checklist this month focuses on those receiving college and university admissions letters for fall 2014 enrollment and for those narrowing down their college application list for enrollment in 2015.



If you are enrolling for fall 2014:

1. Review your Admissions Letter-The wait is over!

  • This is an anxious and exciting time. Try to open your admissions decision letter with friends or family who will be supportive of you. 

2. Talk to your College Counselor


  • If you have a college counselor, share the news about your choices and decisions. If you’re unsure which choice to make, they could be a good resource to help you narrow down your choices and prioritize your goals.
  • You can also use the WES iGPA Calculator to learn how you compare to others when you apply to study in the United States

3. Read the Financial Aid Letter


  • If you have been selected for a scholarship from the university, the Financial Aid Letter should come with your admissions letter. Make sure to read the information carefully on any additional documents required, renewal requirements, disbursements, and deadlines.
  • Contact the admissions office if you have any questions. 

4. Stay Focused at School


  • If you are still in school and finishing up your last semester/quarter then your admission may depend on your final Grade Point Average. So don’t lose track of your priorities and finish the race well. 


If you are planning to apply for 2015:

1. Establish Your Priorities


  • Start asking some important questions:
    • Do I perform well in large classroom settings or do I need more individualized instruction?
    • What kind of research/internship opportunities do I want to pursue?
    • What kind of student groups would I be interested in joining?
    • Do I want to spend four years in a rural or urban campus?

2. Check out Net Price Calculators


  • Every school in the U.S. is required to have a Net Price Calculator that helps students estimate the overall cost of attending their institution. This includes not just the tuition but the cost of living and other associated miscellaneous costs.

3. Talk to your College Counselor


  • If you have a college counselor at your school, now is the time to set a time to go in and discuss your priorities and options for college or university applications.
  • You can also use the WES iGPA Calculator to learn how you compare to others when you apply to study in the United States

4. Create a standardized test study schedule


  • Don’t cram! Be strategic about your study schedule. If vocabulary is weaker than your math then be sure to spend more time learning vocabulary.
  • Take a mock test and have someone there to time you and keep you accountable. This would be a good way to see if you will do okay under pressure. 




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