Graduate school admission in Spring semester, you must have read my previous post on different types of questions and ideas among graduate students.
If you haven’t read Spring semester admission in Graduate School, I strongly suggest to read that before continuing reading this. Previous post will give an overview of what this article is about.
I had so many emails from students applying for Spring semester to post this article ASAP. I still haven’t completed the college short-listing part. Also, I’m planning to run small quiz in future posts, that will create awareness about Graduate School admission process.
Fall vs Spring Semester
You can find answers to the following questions in this article
- Is it ok to apply for College Admission in Spring
- What about admission chances?
- What are the chances of getting Visa?
- When can I apply for Internships?
- Will I be eligible for Summer Internships?
- Will Spring students considered for Scholarships and Aid?
Is it ok to apply for College Admission in Spring ?
Yes, it’s absolutely ok to apply for graduate schools in Spring semester.
What are pros and cons in applying for graduate school in Spring
- Pros : None
- Cons : None
What about universities acceptance rates?
Universities usually have a limit to maximum number of students they can admit. And that limit is usually based on the resources universities have. Resources in universities mean – number of professors ( to maintain student to professor ratio), physical class room size to accommodate students, lab facilities ( some biotech labs in small schools can accommodate only few number of students). Also, how much profit colleges are willing to make. If they need more profits, some schools can give accept more students. Much more factors comes into play. But, all those above factors doesn’t affect much or play major role in deciding to apply for Spring vs Fall semester for college.
Chances of getting Student Visa?
That’s completely not in our hands. We don’t know how much visa quota they for each countries or any other information. I would say you stand the same chance to get visa for Fall, Spring or Summer. If you are confident and have capacity, you will get visa.
When can I apply for Internships?
Rules and eligibility for International students to apply for Internships vary between schools. but, majority of schools will allow students to go for internships only after completing 2 semesters of study or some schools after completion of 18 credits. So, if you go in Spring, you will be eligible to go for internship from Spring next year. So, that doesn’t make difference between Fall and Spring admission. Something to note here, you can go for internship even during Fall or Spring semester, not just Summer.
Will Spring students considered for Scholarships and Aid?
I have talked about getting admission with scholarship in several of my posts.
So, the idea behind is simple. If you have High GRE you will get admission and chances are more get admission with scholarship if you contact the professors during the admission process.
So, this rules out the myth, students will never get scholarship for college admission during spring semester.
Now you must be clear and with all doubts explained, those applying for graduate schools during Spring, you have same chance and resources that every student will have who apply for college in Fall semester.
Now, let me answer other ‘interesting’ ideas students had about college admission in Spring semester
Myth 1: Courses are tough in Spring
Nope, that’s wrong.
Myth 2: Less Internship and job opportunities
Nope, that’s not right, every student stand the same chance to get jobs and internships as Fall semester students.
Myth 3: Less chances to get aid and part-time jobs
Again that’s not right. Students do graduate and move on and its cycle. None stays in school studying for many years.
Myth 4: Visa’s are first come first served basis
If you have right qualification, you will get visa.
Myth 5: Less intake in spring, so not many courses will be offered
If not many courses will offered, what about students who are still in school from Fall semester. Number of students enroll in Fall is more than spring, so obviously they have to take classes. Number of students in Spring has got nothing to do with courses in spring semester in graduate school.
Myth 6: Getting internships will be easier
Generally more internships will be available in Summer, but considering Technology background, internships will be available round the year.
Myth 7: It will be difficult to find place to stay
Finding a place to stay shouldn’t be any problem. There will be always a place to stay. Students gradate in Spring and finding an apartment to stay is no big issue. Usually college students find place to stay in 1-2 weeks of arrival in U.S.