I am a regular HSB reader and following each and every post, VI experiences, suggestions, most of the comments, etc.

I have applied to 6 schools (MIS) in total – Univ of Arkansas Fayette ville, Georgia St. Univ, Oklahoma Univ, Utah St. Univ, Univ of Texas at Dallas, Univ of Nebraska at Omaha.

Out of these 6 schools, I got admits from UTD and Univ of Nebraska at Omaha. I was in dilemma in selecting these two universities. Both universities have got pros and cons in terms of cost, ranking, and other factors.

  • UTD – $33,000; no scholarship; top school for Electrical, reputation, weather
  • UNO – $23,000; $4410 with instate tuition fee; #6 according to US News in Information Technology and Management, excellent course work for MIS, lot of other factors, heard of its coolest temperatures and lastly my favorite ‘Information Security’ concentration

I have selected Univ of Nebraska at Omaha after reading University Picker eBook (I purchased it before my UNO admit). This book and other UNO tough seniors’ words helped me in choosing the second admit.

I am in hurry posting this experience and regret if there are any spelling mistakes.

Student Visa Interview experience

July 11, 2011 – Chennai

After regular security and other formalities…

[I noticed the VO rejected one lady before me. I heard she is a teacher and going to visit her Maternal uncle or somewhat similar…]

Me:        Good Morning Mam!
VO:        Hello There!

[I passed on the file and stood straight without leaning on the desk]

VO:        Which university you are heading to?
Me:        University of Nebraska at Omaha

VO:        How many universities you have applied?
Me:        6 in total Mam

VO:        Which year you have under graduated?
Me:        2006

VO:        What are doing since 2006?
Me:        I am working Mam

VO:        [Looking into computer screen] So, you are working for MAQ Software since 2006?
Me:        Yes Mam

VO:        Is this the same company you have been working since 2006?
Me:        Yes Mam. I am working since 4.8 years

VO:        How many backlogs in your undergrad?
Me:        One mam

VO:        Show me your memos?
[I took all the memos and passed them, she counted them and looking]

VO:        In which subject you got a backlog?
Me:        Analog Communications Mam

VO:        Ok, Who is sponsoring you?
Me:        My Father and I have also got a scholarship from school

[She looked my I-20 and replied]

VO:        Your Visa has been approved [Returned all the documents except Passport]
Me:        Thanks! Thanks a lot Mam [with a big smile J]

I have just received my passport at home a while ago – with stamping date 7th July 2016.

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  1. Dhara on August 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Hello! to Mr./Mrs.HSB…good work..I want to ask u about that, according to u which can be the best answer for the question in VI like” why u choose only US for further study?”..I have 3 yrs of experience as a lecturer in my field in computer science.GRE-990,TOEFL-80,Acedemics-69%,hv appied in 5 universities SUNY(Buffalo),IONA(NY),Virginia international university,GBC(NJ),SEINA Heights uni.(Misissipi) & got admits from VIU waiting for reply of IONA’s & SEINA & rejected from SUNy & GBC.I want to continoue my career in a good acedemic institute here in India after compltitng my degree in MS in CS in USA.Can u plz help me by arranging the answer of above question regarding my profile?Thank you in advance…

  2. Avinash Kumpati on August 1, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    We have accommodation for 2 people in a 2BHK Crosswinds apartment near UNO. If anybody interested, please contact me at k.avinash on Facebook.

  3. NB on July 15, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    hi Avinash,

    Congrats for the Visa. I am also going to Omaha for MS. Just wanted to know that where r u from? I m based in gurgaon…my Visa is done. I m leaving on 10th Aug for Omaha.

    email me if u need any help…take care

    • Avinash Kumpati on July 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      @NB: I am from Hyderabad. We (3 of us including me) are leaving on Aug 9.

      • sai kumar on July 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        heyy avinash..4 of us bro. dnt frget me!

        • Avinash Kumpati on July 17, 2011 at 4:47 AM

          Ha ha…you are flying before us right? 🙂

    • nishant on November 8, 2011 at 3:27 AM


      congrats… can you pls tell me what I need to do after a message appears on mavlink. admission packet is being sent to you. what i will receive and how much time it will take I have paid for express mail.

    • michael on May 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      please help me out i be goin to f1 visa interview please anything will do as this is my first time thank you here is my email [email protected]

  4. sasi on July 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    hey Congrats,
    i just wanna know what u would have answered to the quo if she had asked you to give the reason for your one backlog…

  5. ali on July 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    thank you to share your experience and goodluck, please I want to ask you, did you apply for this schoolarship you get or it com as result of the high TOEFL and GRE grade, and if so please what was your grades.

    good luck with ll regards

    • Avinash Kumpati on July 15, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      My Profile – 70.6% in BE 2006 pass out, 1070 in GRE, 87 in TOEFL with 4.8 years experience as Sr. Systems Engineer (still working!).
      They offered me department advantage scholarship (4410) for one year. Approximate tuition fees mentioned in I-20 for one year is 12,399.

    • NB on July 15, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      Ali, Generally all schools have their specific rules when it comes to applying for GRA. To ensure that u get it, u need to..
      1) get a good score in GRE
      2) apply early…deadline ranges between Jan- Mar for that year Fall
      3) prepare a very good application..as in SOP and recommendations
      4) work experience helps…
      I have got GRA in a private Univ without giving GRE. But I have 8 years of work exp. & I communicated with the Faculty. So try ur luck. If need any help, revert to this..I will try n revert back..
      take care

  6. aravind on July 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    what is ur gre and toefl score?

  7. sq115 on July 14, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Nice and simple, congratulations!

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