Q&A: Which One is the Best? I applied at 8 US Universities

It’s not always good to decide which is the best university from the list after you have submitted the applications without having a selection basis or criteria.

You should have some form of priority listing of schools by now. After your comment, I’ll share my ranking based on the list of universities you have applied at, with my basis.

Karthick Asks: I am a new comer here…your stuff here is really amazing..i am cursing myself for not seeing this some 3 months back…coz i’ve applied to 8 universities.

1. Texas A & M (rejected)
2. Penn State University
3. Arizona State University
4. University of South Florida (admitted)
5. University of Central Florida
6. Clemson University
7. University of Southern California
8. Suny — Buffalo.

I’ve heard later that the capital for University of Southern California is very high.. and in LA the living expenses are also to high to afford. Do you think I can still manage by getting campus jobs or part time jobs after going there..?

USC is Expensive

Yes, you are right. It’s very expensive to study at USC. You might be able to get part-time jobs but still you have to shoulder the school fees and living expenses covering 2 to 3 years.

The other schools you have listed are equally good. Since you already have a USF admission, it’s better to still wait to hear from the other universities.

From the list of schools you have applied at, this is how I will rank them:

  1. Penn State University
  2. University of Central Florida
  3. Clemson University
  4. University of South Florida (admitted)
  5. Arizona state University
  6. Suny — Buffalo
  7. University of Southern California

I’m pretty sure, most of you will ask how did I rank the list and what is the university ranking criteria that I used.

To find the answer, head over to 12 Step US University Selection process that I follow.

Following this selection process will be time consuming, but it’s worth the effort.

When you are going to spend a long time studying at a US university, then certainly you can spend time online finding answers to the 12 key questions so that your choice of college or university will be a sound, correct one.

You haven’t posted your GRE score and other important details. However, keep writing comments to this article (and in other related posts) as you get admits to the above mentioned schools.


  1. B S Srinivas on November 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Hi HSB… I’ve taken my GRE and IELTS tests…
    My SCORES are as follows:
    GRE: Verbal : 141
    Quants: 152
    IELTS: 6.0 (L+R+S+W –> 6.5 + 5.5 + 6.0 + 6.0)
    I’ve applied for 4 universities:
    1) Fairleigh Dickinson University-NJ
    2) University of south Alabama
    3) Wright State University-OH
    4) Bradley University- Illinois
    What are my chances to get approval for masters in EE..?
    Can i apply to other universities better than these…?
    PLZZ..reply to this..

  2. shilpa on November 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    It will be very helpful if anyone could provide information on Keller School of Management business school. Looking for info on Masters program provided by this school, job opportunities after completing Masters program

  3. Naresh babu on October 18, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Hello Sir…………….

    I got 880 marks in gre last week.. quants 620,verbal260…i am trying to university of illinois, universsity of florida and illinois institute of technology in ECE branch……my B.E. percentage is 73%…next month goin to write toefl….i will apply for fall2011…can you tell me what are the chances to get in to these uniersities plse?And plse suggest me some of the universities in ECE BRANCH plse……………..

  4. priyanka on December 9, 2009 at 11:57 PM


    I have written my GRE and got a score of 1050(310+740) awa:3

    yet to take Toefl and my btech agg 80% till now, want to pursue masters in computer science.I even havea very good profile and applied to 4 univs:

    Texas Tech, Univ of Akron, Univ of Louisiana, Univ of south alabama

    Can u tell me what are the chances for me to get into these univs plz?? I am not satisfied with my gre wholly bt its too late for me to write it again to apply for Fall-2010.Since I applied already can I write gre in jan r feb and upgrade my score??

  5. Hamza on November 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    HI.Iam about to apply for an F1 visa and the thing iam worried about is that my brother is in the usa and he is a permanent resident.will they reject my visa? how ever i have visited the usa twice and i still have a valid visitor visa.

  6. Vivek on September 26, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Hello Sir,

    I have done my Diploma In Computer Eng. With Distinction n currently i am doing my B.E. in Comp. Eng.But i haven't passed the 12th examination.My question is this a issue in doing MS in U.S.? Please give me some guidance.Thank you.

  7. saumya on September 2, 2009 at 11:01 PM


    I have done BE in ECE from NIT 69% and 4 yrs exp in a MNC in software testing. My GRE score is 790 Q + 440 Verbal. I would like to do MS in Computer SCience. Could you please suggest some good courses and universities.


  8. puneet kumar on August 12, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Hi HSB,
    I have done my masters (Mtech) from IIT with 9/10 CGPA in mechanical engg and BE from GEC India. I have 5 yrs experience in US MNC company ( top five company in world 500 fortune) in R & D. I am planing to appear in GRE and TOEFL in oct-nov.I would like to go for Phd in top graduate colleges like MIT ,stanford, UC berkley,Michigan etc. What score is required in GRE and TOEFL ? My work is almost same or can say am familar with these schools research…I need full aid…What are the things I need to do to get admission in these top colleges….I knw I can get Phd easily from many colleges in US based on my work and experiences ..but I would like to go for these top colleges..
    tks in advance

    • HSB on August 12, 2009 at 6:11 AM

      @Puneet – 1400+ to get into MIT, Stanford, .. Along with good Reco's. With your IIT Masters, you will not have any issues.

  9. ashish kambale on June 27, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    sir i want to do civil/construction engineering for undergraduate degree in USA .pl show me the university listing

  10. karuppuswamy on May 16, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    I have scored 88% in BE (Mechanical Engineering Dept) 2002 passout in India. I have 6 years of exp in banking and finance. I have written GRE and my score is 1050 (Verb 350 and Quanti 700) I have to take up toefl. I am looking for Bioinformatics from renowned university in US with scholarship. Please throw some light on how to proceed. Many thanks

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