No Need for US Admission Consultancy – 1

Last week, Abhijit had sent his F1 Visa Interview Experience. I had asked him to send a write-up of his US University selection process (and experience). He sent a word document titled – No need for US Admission Consultancy. Thanks to Abhijit for sharing his experience. His articles will be published in 4 parts.

US Admission Consultancy

I am Abhijit and I am going to Ohio State University this fall 2010 for my M.S in electronics.

I would like to share my experience right from the start till now. I strongly believe that a student going to US doesn’t require any consultancy if he does his/her some hard work.

You could save a lot of money by doing it all by ourselves and also the confidence of doing everything on your own is just so good.

Everything is available on the internet you just need to put in some time.

I have some tips I would like to share that might help you in convincing that there is absolutely no need of consultancy while applying for US universities.

US University Shortlisting

  1. Use US News website for the ranks and getting a rough idea for which universities to select.
  2. Also you can use Google to search universities according to your department and level, there would be 100’s of sites which would give you rankings(incl. HSB) if you look at some of them they all will have almost the same ranking. [ Read – Step by Step University Selection Process]
  3. If you want to know how much GRE score is required for each university visit their sites and contact their program advisors 90% of the time they would revert back or tell you what was the average GRE score of the admitted students in the previous years. [ Average GRE Scores for Universities]
  4. GRE is not the only criterion when they select. One of my friend who had applied to some top 20 universities didn’t get any admissions even though he was the topper of the class and had 1500 GRE score and 5 on AWA. They can easily pick out the bookworm. One area I know he made mistake was due to the consultancy he was using. They gave him an unrealistic recommendation letter format which he blindly used even though I advised him not to.
  5. Don’t go solely on the rankings try and contact students of that university and mail them to know how good the program really is. Because the rankings depend on things like medical facilities and hostel and other secondary things.  What one should really look in is the research and funding that department receives externally. That what really tells you if it is good. Also the more the funding more the chances of your financial aid.
  6. Also consider the living cost, availability of side jobs and tuition costs if you do not have enough money while selecting the universities.

3 More parts to follow this blog post. Stay tuned for other posts.

Question to you – Why do you think everyone is so much obsessed with rankings.  By the way how many of you know how US News rankings are calculated?