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International Applicants

Applying to college in the United States can seem overwhelming, but starting early and following a clear process will make your life easier. Begin to research schools, review their requirements and scholarship offering, and start your application.

International Applicants

Key Takeaways

    • Internationals need to take additonal time to fully understand the application process
    • Completeing required tests and necessary documentation are key part of the application process
    • We recommend to also review the general academic an athletic requirments

Applying to Colleges in the US

Applying to colleges and universities in the United States can be a daunting task, particularly for international students who are unfamiliar with the American education system and culture. However, with careful planning and research, the process can be a rewarding one that leads to a life-changing experience.

In this article, we’ll explore the steps that international students should take when applying to US colleges and universities.

1. Research schools

The first step in the application process is to research schools that fit your academic and personal goals. Look for schools that offer programs in your field of study and have a strong reputation in that area. It is also important to consider factors such as location, campus culture, and campus resources. Learn more in our article applying to college.

There are many resources available to help international students research schools in the United States. Besides, the U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review are two popular resources that provide rankings and information about colleges and universities across the country.

2. Take required tests

Most colleges and universities in the United States require international students to take standardized tests such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to demonstrate proficiency in English. In addition, students may be required to take standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT to demonstrate academic ability.

It is important to check the requirements of each school you are applying to and plan accordingly. Make sure to allow enough time to study and prepare for the tests, as well as to schedule test dates in advance. Learn more in Requirements for International Students.

3. Gather required documents

When applying to US colleges and universities, international students will need to submit a variety of documents, including academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. It is important to gather these documents well in advance of the application deadline. 

In addition, international students will need to obtain a student visa to study in the United States. The process of obtaining a student visa can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.

4. Complete the application

Once you have researched schools, taken required tests, and gathered required documents, it is time to complete the application. Most colleges and universities in the United States use the Common Application, which is a standardized application used by over 900 schools across the country.

When completing the application, make sure to carefully read and follow all instructions. Double-check that all required documents have been submitted, and proofread your application for errors or typos.

5. Apply for financial aid

International students may be eligible for financial aid from colleges and universities in the United States. However, it is important to note that financial aid for international students is limited, and competition for these funds is high. Learn more about Financial Aid for Internationals

In addition, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, so it is important to research other sources of funding, such as scholarships or private loans.

6. Follow up with Colleges & Coaches

After submitting your application, it is important to follow up with the schools you have applied to. Check your application status regularly and respond promptly to any requests for additional information.

It is also a good idea to reach out to the admissions office and ask any questions you may have about the application process or the school itself. This can help demonstrate your interest and commitment to the school.

In conclusion, applying to US colleges and universities as an international student can be a complex process, but with careful planning and research, it is possible to succeed. By following these steps and staying organized, international students can increase their chances of being accepted and starting a new chapter in their academic journey.

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