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Can an Average Student Apply at US Universities?

How is it to select and apply at U.S. universities with an average student’s profile?

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I’m taking engineering in electronics, I’m in my 3rd year. I’m planning to take my GRE exam. Can you tell me the procedure, pattern, and colleges I can apply at? I consider myself as an average student.

Average Student

I’m not sure how do you define what an average student is, but for example let’s assume this as the profile of an average student:

  • Academics – 60% to 70% (where class topper is 85% and above)
  • GRE – 900 to 1,100
  • TOEFL – 79 to 80
  • Projects – Nothing extra than those covered in course requirements

Guide and Articles

  • Refer to articles in the GRE Page. That will help you to prepare for a GRE test. Improving your GRE score is very much possible, that is, if you spend a lot of time taking practice tests. It doesn’t matter if you are an average student; if you work hard, you can improve your score for sure.
  • Read some of the Frequently Asked Questions about US Graduate School Admission. That will help you understand how to select schools and get acquainted with the process.
  • Universities List

Note: If you spend more than 30 minutes studying the articles here at HSB, you can get to know about so many details. There are more than 400 articles related to US admissions and universities.

Don’t worry about being an average student. Have positive thoughts and see how much hard work you can put in during you GRE preparation.

If you think you are going to score less than 1,200, that’s the score you can get. Think big and think positive.

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  1. Hi friends, my name is Varun Kumar. I am studying in United States of America now. Let me tell you about me. I was a blank paper when I completed my 12th grade from India. I was interested to go abroad and study but I was not at all aware of anything like visa requirements and documentary formalities. I completed my 12th in March 2008 and being honset I scored very average. After my 12th I checked on internet how to apply for abroad. Luckily, I got a link of http://www.happyschoolsblog.com
    You can read this article as my testamonial.
    Anyhow……. I used to surf this site and I learned about many things like finance, SAT, GMAT etc etc…
    I remember there use to be a online chat option also with Raghu. I chatted with him and I use to ask many questions both in chat as well as blog. Many people write on the walls and reply. 3
    I got a lot of help from this website and I stared preparing for my visa interview. I took TOEFL and I also checked another website called http://www.studyusa.com
    Being a average student I was aware of my capability and hence I applied for a community college. Everyone used to say that I would get rejected because US embassy dont give visa to community college students.
    and u know what…….. I got rejected! But this was not because I applied for a community college, it was because I was not able to convince the interviewer.

    The interviewer asked me that why I am pusuing US for study and why not India. Additionally, I was nervous very much and my answers were also not spoken with confiddence.

    I was almost broken with the rejection. My family got a set back since I invested money and time. Just one thing was I somewhat proud that even if I rejected but I tried and did everything on my own. NO AGENT NO HELP!
    I did my best just I got confused and distracted at the time of interview.
    Anyhow, I decided to apply again and I still didn’t change my college. I waited for another 5 months and applied for Fall semester. Got a new I-20 and prepared all papers freshly again. http://www.happyschoolsblog.com was my window to explore all that is required.
    I did my best again and didnt get distracted this time.
    Result- I GOT MY US VISA. I GOT F-1 VISA for 5 years.
    Now I am in USA and studying at the same community college that I applied for.
    I advice to all people who wish to apply that whenever you apply just check internet and surf websites like happyschoolsblog
    There is a lot of wrong information on internet but one of the best things about happyschoolsblog.com is that if someone posts some wrong by mistake or whatever… happyschoolsblog.com corrects it. I know because sometimes while replying to people I posted some wrong info by mistake… u know what EACH & EVERYTIME IT WAS CORRECTED
    So, I conclude that this website is the most reliable one.

    I am studying at LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
    Its a very big college and so big that they are planning to convert it into a university in future.

    I will like to share one more information. I have to come to know about a university in US that doesnt charge International students higher than US citizens. They do require SAT.
    The name of univeristy is EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY and it is located in Oregan. Please check the following link for more info.. and do surfing happyschoolsblog for every help that u may need. All the best.
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    you can reply this post if u have any questions. u can also find me on facebook. My email is [email protected]
    I cant reply emails but I can reply on facebook for sure. But one thing I tell you that this website happyschoolsblog will help you more than me or any person.

  2. Hi,

    I am finding happyschoolsblog very interesting and informative.

    I am pursuing my M.Tech in CSE which will be completed in 2009.

    I feel that it was not worth while studying M.Tech here in a mediocre university and I am now very much keen on getting a M S degree from USA.

    1. What do you think about me getting an admission in US University despite of me having a Master degree from India?

    2. I see in lots of University websites about MS in Computer Science? How do I find what are the other different majors the school offers ? Usually, I look in CS departments for different majors, but most of them have MS in CS ?

    3. Do you think getting scholarship in India during M.Tech study and having one year internship experience, M.Tech average of 67% and with good GRE will help me get some sort of financial AID.

    4. What aggregate do US Universities consider ? As in my degree certificate of B.E it mentions about class considering only 5th to 8th sem (which makes my % less compared to 8 sems average) or will they consider all 8 semester aggregate? or the degree % and class mentioned in degree certificate is final?

  3. i got very less marks in both toefl and gre i.e in toefl 61 and in gre 710 .Is their any possibility for any university accepting it, and iam btech student with 62% can i apply for any university for M.S if so any university please mention those university

    1. U suck dude…..dont apply…u will not get admit in LOVELY UNIVERSITY in west punjab ……please dont apply..u r a disgrace

  4. hi, i'll be taking GRE exam in mid-october. Is it the appropriate time for the admission in the fall semester 2010?

    1. I suggest you to do it a bit before, You will have a better time to think about the universities. I took a long time for that so i suggested u. Don't completely take this idea for granted.

  5. This is Abhi here.I have gud toefl score(90).Gre score is avg(640 quant n 300 in verbal).I have backlogs(24).I writing gre again to get 1000+.Will gre n toefl help me to get visa

  6. i want to get admitted in one of the top pharmacy colleges in us.how much gre n toufl score should i gain?can i get admitted through ielts?

  7. I jus gave my gre and got a score of 1180( 480 verbal and 700 quant). I plan to do a phD in micro through interdisiplinary program.what are the chances of me getting into a good university with schorlarship?? I have an aggregate of 76.3% presently and my Toefl score is 85 in iBT Due to recession where not much funding is being accounted for the research works how competitive will be to get admission?

  8. Respected sir,

    I jus gave my gre and got a score of 1310( 560 verbal and 750 quant). I plan to do MS in genetics and plan to do a phD later….what are the chances of me getting into a good university with schorlarship?? I have an aggregate of 74.3% presently..n I am yet to give my Toefl…Also is it advisable to take up an integrated MS+phD course at this time?(in view of recession where not much funding is being accounted for the research works)?

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