Students from India who are planning to study in the U.S. usually encounter a few consultants for U.S. admission (typically known as US admission consultancies).
There are a few students who apply at U.S. universities on their own, by conducting research for relevant info. But still a lot of students prefer to apply at US. graduate schools through U.S. admission consultants in India.
So the important question here is this: Is it really necessary to apply at graduate schools through them?
Inside US Admission Consultancies in India
US admission consultants are nothing else but a yet another business entity. Their aim is simply to make money from students applying to U.S. by guiding them in the admission process.
Some of them are good in providing good consulting services. However, since most of them know that students are desperate to go to the U.S., they will try to exploit them.
These students usually approach such consultancies because they:
- Will not have any or substantial idea about the US university admission process.
- Are very desperate to get admission at a US university.
- Consultants give the guarantee to get admission in at least 1 university
- Are not willing to learn about the U.S. graduate school admission process
- Believe that universities suggested by them will fit their profile 100%.
US Admission Consultant Fees
The amount of money they charge for the services they provide is unacceptable. Typically, consultancies will charge Rs 10,000 to Rs 75,000 for applications in around 4 to 10 U.S. universities.
Such fees do not include the cost to forward GRE and TOEFL scores, but cover the following assistance and services:
- Selecting U.S. universities for you from their list of schools
- Provide Sample Statement of Purpose and Letter of Recommendation
- Pay school application fees
- Fill out and submit your applications.
These fees do not also include a review of your SOP, or resumé. Most counselors working will not have any clue about the actual U.S. admission process or have actually visited the US.
The things they say will make you think that they know each and every detail about the U.S. university admission process, but the truth is otherwise.
Still, there are some consultants who have really studied in the U.S. and are willing to provide good guidance. This article doesn’t apply to them at all.
There are a number of consultants follow this blog regularly. We frequently receive emails from them. They will charge students for counseling and request us to provide them information for their students.
Well, there is nothing much that can be done about that. But that’s the nature of the consulting business. Usually, they will get admission from the university they select for you, not from your actual choice of universities.
Self – Application to Graduate School
If you want to save a lot of money, it’s very easy to complete all the application process just by yourself. Even though it will be a brand new process for you, so many students have done it before you.
All you need to do is to follow them here. All information is available online, spend time searching for that info. Here at Happy Schools Blog, you can find all such information.