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Applying to College

The first step you need to take is to figure out what you want to major in. A major is your area or field of interest (for example, accounting, biology, nursing.)

One you've chosen a major, your next step is to look for schools which offer your major. Here are some links that can help you get started:

www.collegenet.com
www.internationalstudents.org
www.petersons.com
www.usnews.com

After you've found schools which offer your major, you need to do some research. You can do this by visiting the schools' websites, visiting the schools’ campuses, and talking to teachers and students from the schools. Here are some questions that you might want to find answers to:

 1. How much does it cost to attend college? Does the school help students with financial aid?
     What on-campus work opportunities does the school offer?
 2. What are the admissions requirements? Do I need a certain G.P.A (Grade Point Average) to
     get into the school? What tests are required? Do I need recommendation letters? Does the
     school require work experience?
 3. What are the professors like? Do they focus mostly on teaching or research?
 4. What is the reputation of the school?
 5. Does the school help students find jobs after graduation?
 6. What kinds of technology, library and recreational facilities does the school have?
 7. Does the school offer part-time and full-time programs?
 8. How long does it usually take to complete the degree?
 9. Does the school accept transfer credits?
10. Where is the school located? Is it in a city or small town? Is it safe?

After you've determined which schools you are most interested in, you should start the application process. This typically involves the following:

 1. Filling out an application form.
 2. Submitting official transcripts (official records of your coursework and grades) from your
     high school and previous college. If your transcript is in a foreign language, you will need to
     have it translated into English by an official translator.
 3. Writing a personal statement (required by some schools).
 4. Obtaining recommendation letters (required by some schools).
 5. Submitting test results (students who completed high school in a foreign country usually
     need to take the TOEFL exam; also, some colleges require the SAT or ACT and graduate
     schools typically require the GRE or GMAT). For information about these tests (registration,
     preparation, obtaining results), please visit: www.ets.org.
 6. Scheduling an interview (required by some schools).

Once you've submitted your college application, you need to wait for a response. The response can take as little as 2 weeks and as much as 6 months, depending on the school. Pay attention to the application deadlines.

Kinds of Degrees

   Associate’s degree      A.A.  A.S.
   60 - 70 credits  /  20 - 24 courses
UNDERGRADUATE
   Bachelor's degree      B.A.  B.S.
   120 - 140 credits  /  40 - 45 courses
   Master's degree      M.A.  M.S.  M.B.A.
   36 - 46 credits  /  12 - 15 courses
GRADUATE
   Professional degree      M.D.  J.D.  D.D.S.
   Medical Doctor, Lawyer, Dentist
   Doctorate      Ph.D.

 

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