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GRE in January, Can I Apply for Fall Semester?

November 29, 2008

“What is the deadline for applying for Fall Semester classes?” These are among the few related questions I typically answer almost on a daily basis. This is because majority of…

Missouri University S&T, Rolla – Financial Aid Available

November 23, 2008

I hope everyone had good weekend. During the weekend, I chatted with a current student from Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla. That student, Harish, was kind enough…

Email Template to Contact Current Students in Universities

November 22, 2008

I was chatting with a student who was trying to find the minimum GRE score required for admission to the M.S. in material science program at University of Virginia. I…

Electrical Engineering Rankings – U.S. Universities

November 16, 2008

Here’s a ranking of Electrical Engineering programs of U.S. Universities.

Salary – Bachelor’s vs Master’s vs Doctoral Degrees

November 15, 2008

I came across an interesting article on how much more income an individual will earn by having both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, instead of just a bachelor’s degree. It also…

Top 20 In-Demand Jobs with Salary Range

November 13, 2008

The current economy in the U.S. is not looking good. The U.S. stock market is getting is so volatile and the impact of the U.S. economy can be felt all…

I Sent Email and Got Favorable Response from Professors

November 13, 2008

I had posted a few articles about contacting professors by email for graduate school admission. One of these articles was Email Template to Contact Professors. One of the readers used…

Computer Science Ranking – Universities – Average GRE Scores

November 12, 2008

Here’s a Computer Science Ranking for graduate degree programs in U.S. universities. I have also listed average GRE scores for some universities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Stanford University University of…

Q&A GRE 1,490, but I can’t Afford Cost of U.S. Education

November 9, 2008

This post is in response to several questions raised by one of the frequent visitors of Happy Schools Blog. I’m sure there are many students who are facing the same…

H-1B Visa Stamping – Required Documents

November 4, 2008

Are you ready to attend H1B Visa stamping interview? The documents listed here are for your reference and refer to U.S. embassy’s website for documents and procedures specific to your country…

10 Most Expensive Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

October 31, 2008

It is expensive to study at universities and colleges in the U.S. unless students get some form of scholarship and financial aid. For international students it will be even more…

GRE Score Reporting

October 26, 2008

GRE scores have to be reported to universities to consider applications for graduate school admission. GRE scores can be reported to 4 universities for free at end of a GRE…

Adi’s Biotechnology Job Search and Interview Experience

October 22, 2008

Adi is my one of my brother’s friends, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in biotechnology. I had asked him to write about his job search experience to help…

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How to Get Bank Statement for $37,100 Without Student Loan?

October 21, 2008

How to get bank statement without a loan? Universities require bank statement so they can send an I-20. Usually, most schools accept bank statements when sent along other graduate school…

Can H-1B Visa Holders Change Fields?

October 18, 2008

I was thinking about writing on H-1B Visa transfer and changing jobs to different fields using H-1B Visa article for long time. Good thing, though, that Jenna had asked some questions…

Letter of Recommendation Examples and Samples

October 15, 2008

I collected a few sample letters of recommendation (LOR) from current students in the United States. It’s usually a good idea to provide a rough draft of your letter of…

7 FAQ’s About How to Transfer to New University ( and Credits ) in U.S.A?

October 15, 2008

I received several emails from a few blog readers asking questions about the process involved in transferring universities. These questions include: How long would it take to transfer between universities…

US Universities not requiring GRE for Graduate School Admission

October 14, 2008

In this article, I have discuss the list of universities where GRE is not a requirement for graduate school admission. Following the post on Average GRE Scores for Universities, I’m…

Good GRE Score for US Universities Admission

October 6, 2008

What is considered as a “good GRE score” for U.S. graduate school admission? It depends on your relative understanding of the word “good”. I was reading through the comments to…

Email Template for Contacting Graduate School Professors for MS and PhD

October 2, 2008

Are you planning to contact professors when applying for graduate school admission (M.S. and PhD)? Use this email template as a starting point and just improvise. Here’s one email template…

What to Expect During an H-1B Visa Interview

September 26, 2008

It’s time to write about the H-1B visa interview. I was planning to write about the interview process and interview questions for sometime now. But, majority of them with H-1B…

Top 8 Skills in Recommendation Letter for Graduate School

September 24, 2008

A recommendation letter is one of the mandatory requirements when applying for graduate schools in the U.S. Majority of U.S. universities require 3 recommendation letters and some schools require 2+.…

Sample SOPs – Statement Of Purpose

September 20, 2008

I have collected some sample statements of purpose (SOPs) from students who are in U.S. universities. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this. I have edited some of the personal…

Average GRE Scores – Baylor University, Texas

September 18, 2008

This article is a continuation of the series on Average GRE Scores for universities. Today I’m going to give some information about the average GRE and GMAT scores for Baylor University.…

Average GRE Scores – University of Texas at Tyler

September 14, 2008

Continuing the series of posts on Average GRE Scores for Universities had just been updated. So as of today, you can find information about University of Texas at Tyler, also…

Percentage to GPA Conversion Formula

September 12, 2008

You can find four percentage to GPA conversion formula in this article. However, I don’t recommend using those. I have written extensively about Percentage to GPA Conversion. I strongly suggest,…

Bank Statement for Graduate School Admissions in the U.S.

September 11, 2008

Today, I’m answering a couple of questions about the bank statement for Graduate School Application and Admission in the USA. I am applying for the Fall semester for a graduate…

My H-1B Visa 2008 – From Case Received and Pending to Approved

September 10, 2008

If you are searching for keys and answers to H-1B visa questions, here you will find a few details about H-1B visa approval notice and related documents. For couple of articles…

BEWARE : Laptop Can Be Searched in U.S. Airport by TSA

September 9, 2008

Almost everyone carries some from of electronic devices during travels and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will ask travelers to remove their laptops from their bags and subject them…

Graduate School Admission Steps – Flowchart

September 7, 2008

The U.S. universities application process is different from those of others countries, so having an idea about what goes on after one’s graduate school application is submitted is helpful. This…

Percentage to GPA Conversion

September 5, 2008

Applying to U.S. universities require you to declare your GPA. But if the transcript of records have grades in percentage, students try to make a percentage to GPA conversion. Percentage…

With Low GRE Score, Can I Get Admission in U.S. Universities for Masters Degree?

September 5, 2008

“I have a low GRE score; can I still get admitted to a master’s program?” This is a common question among students who got low GRE scores (less than 1,000).…

Average GRE Scores – University of Texas Dallas (UTD)

August 28, 2008

After I published the post, Average GRE scores for universities in the USA, I received comments and emails requesting for information about average GRE score requirements for other universities. From…

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When To Send Bank Statement to U.S. Universities for Admission

August 26, 2008

When must one send bank statements to U.S. universities for graduate school admission? Will I have to send the bank statements along with the application packet or should I wait…

I797A vs I797B vs I797C, I-797D, I797E vs I-797F – Differences?

August 25, 2008

USCIS uses the form I-797 to announce results and decision for a petition submitted for processing. It can be H1B, H1B1 or I-40, etc. Let’s use an H1B Visa as an…

FAQ’s About New 17 Months STEM OPT Extension for Graduates

August 19, 2008

Here’s wht you need to know about 17 Months OPT Extension for STEM Graduates. Complete coverage of STEM OPT when it was announced and implemented back in 2008. Students graduating…

Students Please Stay Away from Quixtar

August 18, 2008

The following message was from the Indian Students Association in USC and one of the students who requested to post this in my blog said: This Quixtar thing in USC…

GRE Score Range Calculator

August 15, 2008

Do you want to know how much you can score in GRE, even before taking GRE Exam? GRE – Time and Strategy A GRE exam is all about strategy and…

Average GRE Scores for Grad Schools in U.S. Universities

August 8, 2008

Collection of Average GRE Scores by Major for Universities in USA for 2013. Average GRE Score Data Collection: Crowd Sourcing HSB Readers submitted GRE Scores data for various universities. Notes…

GRE and GMAT Scores for UTA – University of Texas at Arlington

August 7, 2008

A couple of days back I wrote about the Average GRE Test scoring for various schools in the USA , including for University of Virginia. A few students have requested from…

Average GRE Score – University of Virginia

August 4, 2008

Let’s look at the average GRE scores to get admission at University of Virgina. The following tables list the average GRE scores for various departments. GRE score average is calculated…

19 Dos and Don’ts After Job Interview

August 1, 2008

Job Interview is tough, but there are ways to make a positive impression even after the job interview. I have had chance to screen resumes and interview candidates. I have…

Universities accepting GRE Scores 310 to 320

July 29, 2008

Looking for universities accepting GRE scores of 310 to 320 or the old GRE score of 1,340? Here are a few universities for you to consider when applying for a…

This is How the OLD GRE Test was Scored

July 29, 2008

Preparing for a GRE Test takes dedicated effort and time, but staying informed on how GRE Exams are scored will definitely give some edge for any GRE test taker. I…

Cost of Living of Indian Students in California with Expenses Breakdown

July 24, 2008

While you are going to school in the U.S.A. as an international student, you need to save every possible penny. Studying in the U.S.A. is expensive. Make sure you have…

Think Twice Before Contacting Professors via Email for Admission

July 20, 2008

Sending an email to professors during the graduate school admission process should increase the chances of getting admission with scholarship, provided you use this tool in right way. Dr. Vivek Pai,…

Why Use TSA Locks Over Non-TSA for Checked-In Baggage

July 11, 2008

Do you need a TSA locks for your suitcase when you travel to America? Does TSA locks help theft during international air travel? Where does this TSA lock help you?…

12 Tips For Writing High Impact Statement of Purpose

June 30, 2008

A statement of purpose (SOP) or college admission essay plays an important role in the graduate school admission process. It indirectly speaks about you – who you are, what have…

Complete List of Things to Carry to USA For Students (with Checklist)

June 29, 2008

I have a created list of things to carry to the USA for students (F1, J1 and M Visa) who are traveling for the first time. I have been here…

Difference between EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC Receipt Number – H-1B Visa

June 6, 2008

What are the first 3 letters (EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC) of H-1B receipt numbers mean? Question 1: I have applied for my H-1B visa this March through a consultant. But when…