I have 23 unread emails containing queries about U.S. university selection, profile evaluation, statement of purpose and recommendation letter review.
I have already answered a number of such questions, particularly those about getting transcripts, GRE score reporting, and recommendation letters.
In one email, Vani asks:
Q1: What does the score sound like? Good enough for MS, MS/PhD in "Molecular + cell biology/Biochemistry"? I have did my GRE and managed V690 and Q770.
Q2: The transcripts part of the Universities’ websites are confusing, will they accept attested (by HOD) copies ’till such time as I get the "originals" from the Univ (VTU, Karnataka)?
Q3: What are the chances of Financial Assistance? Family cannot afford to waste money on vein apps.
What does the score sound like? good enough for MS, MS/PhD in "Mol+cell biology/Biochem"?
A GRE score (Verbal 680 and Quantitative 770) is a very good score to get admission for both master’s and PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Pharmacy, Crop Science, Clinical – Molecular Biology, …
The transcripts part of the U.S. universities’ websites are confusing, will they accept attested (by HOD) copies ’till such time as I get the “originals” from the Univ (VTU, Karnataka)?
Nope, they will not accept that. Transcripts should be issued directly by a university.
Make additional copies from the original transcript, take them to the university’s registrar office, pay for the fees, then give your details with an envelop.
They will verify the copies you have submitted, the registrar will sign each page with a seal. Each set is then sealed with an envelop and pasted with seal and signature at the seal flap.
This way, if someone breaks the cover, it will be visible. Universities will not receive attested copies from HOD.
It’s better to send transcripts covering up to 6 semesters. Some schools require at least 6 semesters of transcript to be considered for admission.
So this means you must wait ’till you get the original mark sheets from the university before you can get your transcripts.
To save time, find out how many schools you are planning to apply at. Some schools require 2 copies of transcripts.
Get 4-5 copies more than what is required. It’s better to carry those transcripts when you come to U.S.
What chances of Financial Assistance? Family cannot afford to waste money on vein apps.
I do certainly agree that it’s expensive to even send applications. The costs per application would include the following expenses:
- GRE Score Forwarding
- TOEFL Score Forwarding
- College Application processing Fee
- Cost per transcript
- Courier/Express Mail fees
I’m not sure how many universities you are planning to apply at. But based on my experience through this blog, most students from India tend apply at a maximum of 8 schools.
Think about students from China, they apply at an average of 15 to 20 schools. They do spend a lot during the application period and mostly target schools that offer them scholarship.
On the other hand, students from India usually apply at around 8 schools and decide to attend the best school from that. After they reach their campus in the U.S., financial aid and RA/TA search begins.
Some students don’t get any form of aid for M.S., but of them get some part time jobs that will pay for their living expenses.
To manage the fees, they work during summer months as interns. They save that money and pay the fees for the next semester.