Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April Timeline for International Students: Are You on Track?

Spring is here and admissions decision letters have been sent out! 

This month's checklist focuses on how-to decide which college to attend for students who are enrolling this fall and for 2015. 

If you are enrolling for fall 2014:

1. Take a virtual campus visit
  • Many universities now have a virtual tour of their campus. Make sure to check them out and list any pros and cons for your final decision.

2. Discuss and plan out your finances
  • You should have received a financial aid offer with your admissions letter. If you didn't receive some financial assistance, then start comparing the costs with other schools you may have been accepted to.
  • If you have any questions about the financial aid offer letter, then make sure to contact the school's financial aid office.

3. Make your college choice
  • If you were accepted, then you may have a May 1st deadline to let them know if you're planning on attending.
  • If you were wait-listed for your first-choice school, then make an enrollment deposit at a school that you were accepted to first.

4. Inform colleges that you will not attend
  • Make sure to inform schools that you were accepted to that you will not be attending. Notify them in a polite manner as it's a nice gesture and you never know where you might end up for graduate school or beyond. 

5. Write thank-you cards
  • Don't forget to thank those who wrote recommendation letter or you or helped you along the way.

If you are planning to apply for 2015:

1. Plan your last year curriculum/course schedule
  • Make sure that you're covering all the requirements for the major and degree you're planning to apply for.
  • Start thinking about what remaining classes you should take to become a standout applicant to admissions officers.

2. Decide on your test day
  • Take your first round of standardized tests sometime in the late summer to give yourself enough time for a second round (if needed).
  • If you're taking multiple exams, space them out so that you don't feel overwhelmed.

3. Refine your college list
  • Start eliminating schools and list the reasons why they aren't a good fit for you. Next, list what your ideal school would have and start looking for schools that match your description. 
  • Make sure to note the acceptance rate, minimum GPA requirements, and test scores so that you're within your personal range.

4. Plan out your summer
  • Summer is coming soon, so think of ways you can make the upcoming months meaningful. This can be an advantage as you begin to prepare for your college essays.

5. Pay attention to your grades
  • Admissions officers like to see your academic journey. If you have one more year of school left, this year will be the last full year of grades they'll see, so make sure you are giving them an accurate picture of who you are as an academic student.

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  1. That's a nice set of tips to help out international students with their college admissions! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi i am srishti i have first division master's degree in zoology from csjm Indian university.
    I married to my husband who is an American and just got here i want to know how i can make my master's degree equivalent to U.S. standards

  3. Hi i am living in the U.S. from past 7 months and married. I am Indian citizen but married an American. I have master's degree in zoology from csjm university India. With first division. I want t work here . How i am able to use my Indian degrees here in the U.S.. and make them equivalent to here


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