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How to Select Universities – Part 3

November 3, 2007

How to Select US Universities – Part 1 How to Select US Universities – Part 2 How to Select US Universities – Part 3 [this article] 7) Course Length This…

How to Select US Universities – Part 2

November 1, 2007

This blog post is the second of a three-part series of articles on How to Select U.S. Universities. How to Select US Universities – Part 1 How to Select US…

How to Select US Universities – Part 1

October 30, 2007

How is it to select U.S. universities for graduate school admission? This will be a 3 part article and by the end of 3 parts, you will be able to…

5 Ways to Check Graduate School Admission Status

October 28, 2007

After you have submitted applications to several U.S. universities, there are a number of ways for you to check on their statuses. If online admission status doesn’t give much information…

For Spring 2008 Students

October 27, 2007

Exclusively for Spring 2008 entrants, I have complied the following links for students in the different stages of their admission process. I will update this list regularly, for new contents,…

F1 Visa Interview Tips for USA and How to Answer Questions

October 27, 2007

Getting a U.S. Student Visa (F1) will get you one step closer to attending a college/university in the United States. Every international student must go through the U.S. visa interview…

Virginia Tech or UTD for Master’s Degree

October 26, 2007

Which University: I happened to come across your Happy Schools website. I found the contents in it very informative and useful. I am stuck in a weird situation here. I…

Spring Semester Students : Did You Decide on Universities?

October 23, 2007

At this point, having a low GRE score or low TOEFL score doesn’t matter. Admission had been given to you and now it’s time to decide on your choice of…

5 Tips to Make Your Graduate School Application Stand Out

October 19, 2007

Do you want to know how to make your graduate school application stand out among those of other applicants? Just follow the tips discussed in this article. After spending lots…

GPA Converter: Convert Academic Percentage to GPA (4.0) Scale

October 17, 2007

Are you looking for a GPA Converter to convert your academic percentage to GPA in a 4.0 scale? I have received around 100 questions from readers about how to convert…

How to Get Professors to Fund You via Assistantship

October 15, 2007

I’m back after visiting New York and Boston. Last week was a very busy one at my work. Hopefully I would be able to write regularly again. In this article…

Do you make these 11 Common Graduate School Application mistakes?

October 4, 2007

Almost every graduate school has an online application facility that works along with the traditional paper-based application system. Sometimes it takes a long time to fill out an entire online…

How to Get Admission in Ambitious University with Low GRE Score

October 1, 2007

I’m responding to a comment about the article Secret of Getting Admission with Scholarship. I’d disagree with the part where you said, “Why would someone has to waste a few…

How to Use Education Loan Money from India in USA in Demand Draft

September 29, 2007

I received this question from one of our avid readers, regarding Student Loans: If I apply for a loan, let’s say for $20,000 for the full course, what will it…

Job Opportunities for Masters in Network Security Degree

September 26, 2007

I’m planning to take M.S. in network and security and am going to apply this fall, but I heard people face problems in getting a job after taking M.S. in…

Estimate Your Admission Chances Based on your GRE Score (4 Examples)

September 24, 2007

I’m responding to a reader’s question about Statement of Purpose (SOP) and its importance in getting admitted to graduate schools in the U.S. Bindhu – I read your Happy Schools…

Writing AWESOME Statement of Purpose for Graduate School Admission

September 22, 2007

Are you looking for a Statement of Purpose for graduate school admission in U.S. colleges and universities? College essays (Statement of Purpose) and recommendation letters for graduate schools play very…

Pros vs Cons : Spring vs Fall Semester in the USA

September 21, 2007

You must have read my previous post on graduate school admission in Spring semester, which discusses the different types of questions and ideas raised by graduate students. If you haven’t…

My experience with Happy Schools : 2 months

September 20, 2007

During the last few days, all posts I made were related to graduate school admission, short listing of universities, colleges, GRE, and TOEFL. All were education related topics. It’s been…

Questions about Spring Admission in Graduate Schools

September 20, 2007

So many people have emailed me, asking for answers about the difference between Fall and Spring semester admissions to graduate schools in the U.S.A. I have actually written several previous…

Who Else Wants to Know About Student Loan Pay Off Time?

September 18, 2007

Are you planning to study abroad by financing the cost using student loan? In this article, I’ll be revealing some interesting facts about education loans, interest rates, and loan pay-off.…

Double Your Admission Chances Even With Low GRE Score

September 16, 2007

A graduate school admission with scholarship, who doesn’t want that? I strongly encourage that you read the previous posts on “graduate school admissions” and other related posts by following the…

The Secret of Getting Admission with Scholarship in U.S. Universities

September 14, 2007

Have you ever wondered how to get a graduate school admission with scholarship? Each and every college student applying for graduate school admission has one big dream, i.e., to get…

Cost of Graduate Education in the U.S.

September 13, 2007

I have received a few emails asking me to write about how much would it cost to study in the U.S. I know many of my friends have decided not…

How to Search for U.S. Universities

September 11, 2007

I’m sure there are many readers who have waited for this post for the last few days and I did spend considerable sometime to get all the necessary information that…

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No Last Name in Passport – Can I Apply at U.S. Universities?

September 11, 2007

I was browsing some posts at Orkut and there are so many questions for which I have answers. But I don’t have time to read all the questions in the…

University Ranking and Department Ranking

September 9, 2007

I’ve had Happy Schools for about 45 days days and I’m happy to see how the blog grew in popularity, especially when I receive valuable comments. I received some emails…

Proper way to contact Professors during admission process

September 8, 2007

Contacting professors at the right time will definitely help you get that that one dream I-20 you had been waiting for. This post is the continuation of the previous article…

Guaranteed Admission to Graduate School : One magical idea

September 7, 2007

Today, I’m going to write about one of important matter that would help you get admission to that one “Dream I-20” that many students have been waiting for. After you…

This happens after You send the Graduate School Application to the University

September 5, 2007

In the last post I talked about low GRE score options and your chances of admission if your score is less than 1,100. Today, I’m planning to write about these…

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ISOA Health Insurance Review for International Students – Cheap and Cost Effective

August 23, 2007

In the above video, I interviewed a team member from ISO Health Insurance. From our talk, you can learn about their plans and some valuable information on how health insurance…

U.S. News Ranking : Is it a joke?

August 19, 2007

US news media is known to publish annual college ranking results. According to CNN: Rankings include the “reputation survey,” which is filled out by college presidents. This survey asks academic leaders…

How to find a part time job

August 18, 2007

Doing part time jobs would definitely make student life easier. It offers many benefits, but the most practical is that it will help augment your monthly living expenses. However, you…

Airport Pickup

August 16, 2007

Most Indian students associations in universities across the U.S. typically make arrangements for airport pickup for new students, including temporary accommodation. To extend these help, these groups usually require incoming…

Timeline – Students’ Spending Habits in the US

August 15, 2007

How do students spend money in the U.S.? It’s actually quite amazing when you think about how the spending habits of students change over time. For the first 3 months…

After Arriving in the U.S.

August 13, 2007

The following are some of the random thoughts and experiences a typical student will likely encounter and do after arriving at his/her final destination. Searching for seniors who have come…

Bank Account without SSN?

August 8, 2007

(Rewrite : what is SSN, why banks need SSN, what if  you don’t have SSN, ID requirements for bank account. Target is International students new to USA, who are opening…

International Driving Permit: Do I need one?

August 4, 2007

(Rewrite: What is International DL, importance of having one while coming to USA, validity of IDP, driving with IDP, renting with IDP.) I personally wouldn’t spend time to get an…

First Week – New International Students’ Life in the U.S.

August 3, 2007

Your first week in the U.S. will be a good, memorable experience. I have seen friends who missed their parents and families while a few are already set to enjoy…

How I Applied for SSN in F1 Visa

August 2, 2007

I can still remember when I applied for an SSN (social security number) a few years back. A letter from one’s University is required when applying for an SSN among…

New College Student’s Laptop Buying Guide

July 28, 2007

One of the best investment you will do while being here to buying a laptop. Some of the schools will have 24 hours lab facility, but nothing comes like having…

Air Travel – How to Avoid Jet Lag?

July 27, 2007

So, how to Avoid Jet Lag after flying cross continents?  When you are traveling for more than a day across multiple countries and Ocean, you stand a good chance of…

Bank Account Types : Free Checkings and Savings Account

July 26, 2007

Basically there are 2 types of bank accounts here in U.S. Checking Account ( No interest ) Savings Account ( Small interest, say 1% ) There are different varieties of…

10 Tips to Pack Your Suitcase for International Flight Travel

July 24, 2007

Are you going on an International Trip?  Oh Boy. It’s suitcase packing time. It’s the fun when you are not used to packing suitcases for international air travel. 3 Tips…

3 Suitcase Buying Tips for Air Travel to U.S.A

July 24, 2007

I remember when I got my first two suitcase when I came to America in Bangalore, India. Since then, I have made several round trips and visited several other countries.…

Who am I?

July 23, 2007

I have been doing this for sometime now. I tried my hands in creating a website to share my thoughts, experience and exposure to students who are trying to get…