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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…

Received I-20 from Multiple Universities : How to Select One School?

April 27, 2008

Do you have I-20 visas from more than one U.S. university and are still confused on which university to attend? You are not alone, almost every student planning to attend…

10 Steps to Improve Your GRE Exam Score

April 21, 2008

If you follow the steps listed below for preparing for GRE exams, I’m sure doing so can improve your GRE Score. Step 1 – GRE Practice There are lots of…

Types of Resumé – Email, Print, Scannable and Plain Text

April 17, 2008

During job and internship search, a resumé plays a very important role. As such, well-written resumés will get anyone a high number of job interviews. Then rest is up to…

Masters in Biotechnology: MS or PSM Degree?

April 14, 2008

Most universities in the U.S. offer M.S. or master’s degree programs in biotechnology, while some offer professional science master’s (PSM) in biotechnology. Do you want to know which program is…

H-1B Visa 2009 Lottery Results

April 4, 2008

It’s expected that about 150,000 H-1B Visa petitions will be filed for the 2008 – 2009 fiscal year, where there are only 20,000 visas for advanced degree holders, while from the remaining…

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International Students Taxes – Do F1 Students Need to File Taxes ?

March 31, 2008

I have answered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on international student taxes in previous articles. International students with F1 visas who entered the United States on or before December 31 of the…

Low GRE Score Universities List

March 26, 2008

The last few articles posted in this blog had been about H1B Visas. Because of this, I decided to list a few universities that accept candidates with low GRE scores.…

H1B Visa 2009: FAQs

March 21, 2008

Everyone applying for H1B visa this year have a lot of questions in their minds and they are trying to find some answers. I have been reading and following up H1B…

H-1B Visa: USCIS Interim Final H-1B Rules

March 19, 2008

The USCIS had just released the Interim Rules for H-1B visa applications. There are a few very important changes made, that certainly benefit the thousands of H-1B Visa applicants. Here’s…

Job Search using LinkedIn.com

March 9, 2008

Did you know that on the average students do online job searches for 5 to 7 months after earning their master’s degrees? The one who gets the job is not…

Top 9 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid to get Higher Salary

March 3, 2008

Salary negotiation is a difficult process. Unless you are well prepared for salary negotiation, the offered salary will likely be less than the average entry level salary for a particular…

Entry Level Student Resumé: How to Highlight Your Skills

February 28, 2008

I don’t have any work experience, what shall I include in my resumé? How do I highlight my skills? Well, you are not the only person who is trying to…

OPT to H1B : OPT Expiring Before H1B Start Date

February 26, 2008

I am currently in OPT and it will end on July 20 2008. If my employer files for an H-1B Visa for me in my master’s quota and I get…

Sample Statement of Purpose for U.S. Universities and Graduate Programs

February 3, 2008

You can find sample statements of purpose (SOP) for U.S. universities for several graduate degree programs. A statement of purpose is a most important element in your entire application package to…

(Updated) Letters of Recommendation that get Graduate School Admission

January 21, 2008

Have your ever wondered what should be the contents of Reference letters? In one of the previous articles Letters of Recommendation: Dos and Don’ts, I gave an overview on how…

University List: Universities for Computer Science (CS) For GRE Score of 300

January 17, 2008

Many students have been posting their profiles and asking for suitable lists of universities. However, it will be difficult for me to reply to every specific query. So I decided…

Top Mistake in Entry Level Student Resume

December 2, 2007

In a previous post, I wrote about 28 questions students ask when writing resumés. To find a job in the U.S. after earning a graduate degree is by itself is…

28 Questions about Resumés

November 30, 2007

I have listed here some of the common questions students will likely need answers to while preparing their resumés. If it’s the first time students will be writing a resumé,…

How to Save Money on International Student Loan

November 29, 2007

Did you know that international students can ‘Save BIG’ money by following the tips in this article? There are so many students who are still not sure how much student…

[Q&A] Bank Balance for F1 Visa for Admission with Scholarship

November 27, 2007

A question from Rajiv: I received an I-20 from the University of Mississippi. I got scholarship from the same college. In my I-20, the cost for my first year of education…

Why Apply for Jobs and Internships via Multiple Ways?

November 26, 2007

Did you know that there are at least 10 different ways to search for jobs and internships? I have added new links about job search and internship search for students…

Does Location of University Matter in Getting a Job?

November 24, 2007

How important is the location of a college with respect to finding jobs after graduation for foreign students in the U.S.A.? Here are 3 comments from readers on the same topic. Comment…