One of the best source to find information about a University in USA is current students. If you are from India, find as many Indian students you can find. If you are from China, then find a current student attending the school from China. One of the challenge is to find students who will be willing to respond to your questions about Graduate school admission.

Over period of years I have observed that few students would be willing to help you. Even though, they must have gone through the same process, they are simply not interested to help new students.

It’s upto you to find those students who can give the information about the university. So, how can you find and contact those good  helping minded folks?

Abhijit, who wrote – No Need for USA Admission Consultancy writes the following 2 ways to find and contact students.

3 Ways to Contact Students

  1. One way which I found very effective was the mix of LinkedIn and Facebook. Since LinkedIn is a paid website u can’t mail more than one and can’t see all their contact details but it’s easier searching people on LinkedIn. So I used to search people’s name on LinkedIn
  2. Search and find them on Facebook. And then mailed all of them asking for help. It’s a very effective tool at least for finding Indians studying in those university.
  3. Try and search for the Indian student association of the state or the university on Google. I am sure you will find one most of them have one. And from that association you can find Indians in your program and then contact them.

Indian Students Association in US Universities

Students involved in ISA are usually social minded folks who are willing to help others. ISA is your best bet to get the right answers. They tend to interact with many students and know their way around the campus.

Think about the students volunteering in ISA. They take care of  many activities out of their interest (not compulsion)

  • arrange new students pickup
  • find temp accommodation
  • organize cultural events
  • raise funds for events

So, contacting members in ISA will usually will get you the answers. Go to ISA website and search for contact details under committee members section.

If you know any other  ways and means to contact students, do share your thoughts in comments section below.


  1. harshavardhan Musunu on October 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    hi HSB,
    i have got admission in Southern illinois university edwardsville , Bradley university …… i have opted for cs major…. i have talked many of the seniors in Southern illinois university edwardsville and many of the guys said that cs is very very tough over there… The professors wont give grades even…. These are the comments given by the current students in siue…… I have even talked to the Bradley current students and have got a positive reply. But as compared with Bradley … Southern illinois university Edwardsville is better it seems…. i am in a delimma which university to prefer…..Southern illinois university Edwardsville is a public university whereas Bradley university is a private one….. so please give me a good suggestion….

  2. Soumik Mitra on September 4, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    I dont know what to say "Coincident or God's Grace" but whatever it may be called the links open door to me certainly. While i was browsing through internet to find a way out to go USA and persue my Ph.D on Microbiology,i happen to find the links LinkedIn and Facebook ,and now i already looged up with these links and indeed i have response coming from people out there and they are helping me a lot.Thanks and have a great day.

    • Banwari on September 4, 2010 at 8:14 PM

      Hello @Soumik can u tell me the link name?

      Tnx in advance

      • Soumik Mitra on September 4, 2010 at 8:46 PM

        I have already mention it in my previous comment …

  3. prachi on September 4, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    HEY your informations r fabulous.. I want to know abt how to find professors which r the best in university? please right one post abt this..


  4. M AVINASH SINGH JADH on September 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Hi friends, am avinash from india and i have got admission at university of illinois-spring field and am likely to come on spring.I dont have any friends there and dont know whom to approach, how can i find a friend from whom i can take help.

  5. sahil on September 2, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    i want to know about which is the best option for canada for masters in information tech. or business management course..

  6. Varun Kumar on September 2, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    I am always ready to help new students. I have written on happyschoolsblog about me. The thing that annoys people and me too to help others is that sometimes new students start asking stupid questions. They ask things like how much does XYZ university costs, they ask to send info, they ask how to apply for visa, they ask how are the girls in US…… like they ask so many random questions that annoy me as hell. They should ask something that makes sense. Suppose if they want to ask for visa, I tell them that you need to get an I-20 from the university, they will ask then please forward the email of XYZ university.. its so senseless. They can search themselves and know many things. One person asked me, "I want to study in the US but am afraid of the new place." I responded back that the US is not scary I guess, I told him that I live in Los Angeles, I know only about LA more than other place and it's a nice place to live in." Now, that same person is asking me to tell him the rent in New York area… like I already told him that I live in LA then how can I tell him about New York? New students should search on internet first and then ask something that they are really unable to find rather than asking so many random and baseless questions.

    • Kedar Limbkar on September 2, 2010 at 9:19 PM

      Hi Varun! You are doing a very good job. Thanks! I am doing my masters in Biotechnology and want to do PhD in US. Can I have your emailID so that I can any questions that I will have regarding admission in US? Don't worry, I will ask only sensible questions.

      Thank you.

    • Soumik Mitra on September 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM

      Hey Varun…U sounds very good and clear…Indeed I also agree with you..that people should stop asking baseless and random questions.And also i appreciate your helpfull nature.

      I have just completed my Masters in Microbiology and want to do Ph.D from USA.Can you help me in this regard……?If so,do give me your email Id .


    • Rahul on September 10, 2010 at 7:41 AM

      Good Job. But if the questions asked are some general questions, then u can share that info thru this blog so that many people can benefit.

  7. purusoth mahendran on September 2, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    hey , people i am purusoth mahendran doing my second year BTech Information Technology … i would like to know what are all the masters degree options available for me in US related to my field .. i am not too good at programming and so am not interested in software engineering .. can anyone tell me what are all the other courses and their scope ..due to my weakness in programming skills i am in a dilemma whether to go for MS or MBA …is it like only if i have a sound programming knowledge in CC++ i would get admission for MS or suggest me some fields related to IT or CSE with less of programming …i am also interested in information security,cyber forensics, multimedia technology ,and database tech .. give some info abt all these and also give me sme info abt AI (artificial intelligence).. and MY CGPA IS 7.5 till now ..suggest me some universities too

  8. kiran on September 2, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    i found orkut the best tool for contacting indians …I used to find the community and scrap 20 of them ..definitely one will reply back to you

  9. santhosh on September 1, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Thanks a lot,

    I was about to ask a question on the same topic, its really helpful, i was confused about univ selection. This might be a useful method

    Thanks again



  10. Banwari on September 1, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Really this is very helpful but sometime a couple of students unwilling or not able to reply due to their busy schedule or any reasons.

  11. anwesh kasala on September 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Thank you for the info. I did further research and found this link that might be useful to other aspirants. This link contains list and links of majority of the associations of Indians of U.S universities.

    • prachi on September 3, 2010 at 1:58 AM

      thanks hsb..his info is really helpful..

      i had orku nd fb for searching students

      but nw i logged up wid LinkedIn also..

      i hope i can ge more connections 4m LinkedIn…

      nd varun kumar is also vry helpful..


      hav a nice day..

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