How to Select Universities for a Particular Major

Raghuram Sukumar Admission, Universities 26 Comments

Jithamanyu wrote:
I am going to take my GRE on Aug 24th. I studied ECE in my B-tech and got 85%. I want to know some univs that are good in VLSI, Microelectronics and Digital communication so that when I write GRE I can send them my scores. By this I can save money.

The problem is I dont know how to select univs. Pls tell me how to choose univs. A univ may be a higher ranked one in general Electrical Engineering ranking but it may or may not be good in all the disciplines. Some univs may be good in embedded systems but not in micro electronics. I want to know how to select univs for a particular subject say VLSI. If u guide me how to choose I will be grateful.

I am not asking u to list univs that are good in VLSI. Im just asking u to guide me to select univs on my own so that I can send them my gre scores without any cost after finishing my exam. Thanks in advance.

You are Unique

Problem you are facing is something every student have to face and overcome. You have something unique in your set of questions.

  • done your home work about GRE Score forwarding and ways to save money.
  • know ho much you are going to score in GRE.
  • started the university selection process
  • Decided on major
  • realized university selection process is time consuming
  • seeking help after doing some ground work.

Not many students put so much effort while studying GRE.  I guess you should have read Why International Students in US are Unique. Just your questions alone reflect that you are already unique.

University Selection

You will be able to find Electrical Engineering rankings at US News, but if you look at the factors that are used to rank those universities, none of them will match with the criteria you will be looking as an international student.

So, how can you select university? In addition to 12 step university selection process, you can do the following

  1. Identify list of universities for your GRE Score Range
  2. Determine if they offer VLSI
  3. Find about ongoing research in the department
  4. Funding availability
  5. Tuition and cost of living affordability

Don’t waste time trying to search for rankings in the field of VLSI. There is no such rankings and you have to spend countless hours searching for the information.  Above all, don’t search for rankings, find the school that best fits your need and matches your profile.


  1. hai i completed gradutaion

    i got 56%

    my acodomic profile is weak

    but i got 104 in tofel

    which universtyies i will apply

    plzz any sny suggestions

  2. I am currently pursuing my BE in ECE in bangalore and i am about to complete my third year in a month's time. Can u please suggest me to when to write the gre and toefl.

    1. hey buddy this is the correct time to start the process and stuff.Write GRE and TOEFL before the end of october or before december so that u can apply for fall 2011 in december fast remember universities look for first come first serve as one of their preferences.

  3. Hi,

    Can you please tell me what is the role of Ontario Council of Graduate Studies(OCGS)? I had applied to 2 universities (Queeen's and University of Toronto) in Ontario and was rejected by both. Probably the mistake that i committed was the work experience i showed. My actual work profile included both the job of an accounts in charge and many times i used to do the role of a trainer too, owing to my Commerce and Human Resource background. While applying for Accounting program at Queen's I mentioned the accounting profile and while applying for the human resource program at UFT, I showed the profile of an HR trainer.. I do not know what is the role of OCGS? Do all applications reach OCGS first? Could this be the reason for my rejection? How do i figure that out? I have applied for Ryerson University, Ontario too but the result is awaited ..should i expect a rejection from there too as its in the same state ? Now that most of the deadlines have passed (2 American Universities result is still awaited), can u tell me if i have any option left?

    1. I want to know about some good college in Toronto for ACCOUNTING fields. Kindly let me know of some colleges & accounting courses as well which comes under the list of NOC.

  4. Regarding the score forwarding process,is it first required to apply to the university,before forwarding scores or the application can be done after the score forwarding?

  5. i completed mtech with 74.5% in india (jnt university) and i got gre score 1000 and tofel score 105 so can suggest me good universities with full funding for phd.

  6. Can u send me the deadlines in the month of june for fall intake?

  7. Iam a legal advisor I have LLM commercial law from Sheffield University UK

    I look for university in USA to study PhD in e-commerce law or MPHILL and PhD or Master and PhD in the same subject

    Also I look for that study in Canada univs

    Please help me to do so

  8. Currently i am preparing to take the Gre general test in October to apply for Msc in Electrical Engineering at univs in US, but when i search for the university that best fit with my current profile excluding the gre score the universities that i found in my assesment requires either Toefl or ielts test score in addition to GRE score especially for an International student.

    So would you help me in finding those universities with MSC program in EE with out the requirements of either of Toefl/ielts?

    If u can do it for me i will be grateful.

  9. hai my name is maruthi, completed M.Sc in biochemistry . i have plan to go USA for Phd . i am going to write gre on august 26 th . what is the dates best i complete my gre and toefl and send my scores to US universities? is it possible for spring 2011 admissons please suggest me

  10. i am BS in electronics engg. and want to pursue to USA for master in industrial electronics.what in an gre score i need .n plzzzzzzzzzzz tell which book is best for GRE

  11. i want to know about 5 good pharmacy universities for doing M.S program in pharmaceutics or pharmacology or pharmaceutical analysis.what is min gre &toefl required for getting admission.

  12. I am doing my Electronics and Communication Engineering in UnderGraduate Degree. But I want to do MS in audio engineering in USA. Is it possible? If so please suggest me some universities.

  13. Hi !

    I took the GRE last week, and following is the total as well as the break up I got:

    GRE- 1280; Quant- 710, Verbal- 570

    Also, am taking the TOEFL on 14th November and m hopeful of getting at least a 100 on it. Apart from that I have done B.Sc and M.Sc in Biotechnology and scored a 68 % in each.

    I have got a combined research experience of one and a half year at three different places. Presently, am working on Neuroscience research project.

    Okay, with this background, I am gonna apply for PhD in Biology/Neurobiology at various places around the world, but mostly US. And the universities I have shortlisted, primarily on their rankings and also, the kind of programs they offer, are:

    Florida State University

    SUNY at Buffalo

    University of Texas, Dallas

    Indiana University, Blooming-ton

    Boston University

    University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Now, please let me know reasonable my analysis looks, and what should be my realistic chances at either of the above.

  14. I am doing my Electronics and Communication Engineering in UnderGraduate Degree. But I want to do MS in audio engineering in USA. Is it possible?

    1. same question for this side.. as this course is limited to less universities, its difficult to find.. suggest something plz..

  15. I got 12oo in GRE and have registered for TOEFL.I wonder deadline for fall2011 in some universities of US fall in January which seems very embarrassing.Also please brief about those universities which offer assistantships.

  16. hello sir ,
    am studying 4th year. after completion(june-2011) of i will try to study ms in US, so kindly request give some suggistions to me,like GRE,TOEFL.
    I have some doubts about MS, so please give me good suggestions.
    1)Is necessary TOEFL along with GRE?
    2) how much marks will be used for good universities?
    3) what is the least score of GRE qualifying for MS?

  17. Hello sir,

    My main aim is to pursue PhD in Food science (Food Microbiology) , while my gre score is 1230(q:750;v:480;awa:2.5) and toefl score being 99. I am extremely worried about my awa score hampering my admission chances to my colleges of interest. My main problem is that i am not being able to decide which one is reach or safe for me. I would really appreciate your help , if you could shed some light in this matter. Thanks in advance.

  18. HI..

    i need the information about the collages that have major at construction management program for masters….

    thank u.

  19. hi this is ravi

    i'm a pharmacy student i have 71 % in and 10th ,inter above 85 %

    i got 102 in TOEFL & 950 in GRE

    i 'm trying to get masters in pharmacy [analytical chemistry] or[quality assurance]

    is there any universities which suites my scores and requirements

    any body please reply me ….

    thank you

  20. hi ..
    i m doing b-tech chemical engineering . i ll eager to write GRE . I VE SOME DOUBT IN CHOOSING universities based on chemical engineering . plz guide me……

  21. Really liked your advice on university selection. Till now, I was using the method you have specifically advised against.

  22. Hi, I am final year mechanical engg. student. I am aiming for a Ph.D in thermal and fluid sciences. If anybody knows people who are already working in that domain in the US, please let me know. I am having a nightmare selecting universities because it all seems rosy from out here. Plz help asap.

  23. hi

    can anybody guide me which are all the good universities in USA I can apply for MPH. Also tell me which universities are offering scholarship/funding.

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