Some of the world's most renowned universities are located in the US - Harvard, Princeton, Yale, other so-called "Ivy League" schools, as well as non-Ivy League schools such as Stanford, Duke and NYU, which regularly top global university rankings.
While studying in the US can be more expensive than in other countries, some of the most generous funding schemes for studying in the US are available for Bachelor studies - often more generous than those for US Master studies.
Much like applying to a Bachelor's degree in the UK, the application at US universities involves more than just grades (although these can play an important part), giving more applicants an opportunity to show off their extracurricular, social, sportive and arts accomplishments.
Benefits of studying in the USA
Studying in the US is attractive for a range of factors. Beyond "simply" internationalising your CV and gaining experience of the US culture and college life, a Bachelor's degree in the US gives students more flexibility in exploring their academic interests. This is enabled by the structure of US degrees, in which the first two years are spent studying a range of courses of the student's choice, before she/he narrows down her/his interests and focuses on only one (or two) major(s) in the final two degree years.
Of-course, the renommé and employment opportunities within the US, as well as opportunities to continue your studies at top schools in the country, are attractive, too. After completing a degree in the US, your are authorised to work in your field in the USA for one year. To do so, you apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training); thereafter the company you are at can sponsor your work or H1-B visa.
Universities in the US are among the most selective in the world, with the universities with the lowest admission rates accepting only ca. 5% of applicants, while the full university landscape offers places for applicants with (nearly) any ability level.We support anyone applying to the US for university courses as well as for the financing of their studies, and with all practical aspects of the application and (later) move to the US.
Preparing your application
Start your research 2 years before you intend to start your course. We recommend choosing up to 5 (not 10!) universities to apply to so that you are not overwhelmed. Research the entry requirements of each school and feel free to contact each university's international student advisor with your questions.
The entry requirements are likely to include some combination of the following:
Most colleges require the ACT, SAT or subject-specific SATs (SAT II) as entrance tests. Register (and start preparing) for these well in advance (...hence our recommendation to start your research 2 years in advance). The English tests that are accepted are listed on the college websites; the TOEFL and IELTS are the most popular in the US.
Many universities allow you to apply via the so-called Common Application, an online form that can be sent to several universities. Universities may sometimes add questions or requirements (e.g. documents or essays) of their own to the CA. Some universities, however, do not accept the CA and you will be required to complete their separate application form.
You can apply early for universities, usually in early November, as part of an early action plan (you get the response to your application early - in December or January) or the early decision plan (you get the response to your application early - in December or January - AND that decision is binding; i.e. you have to attend that college). Hence, apply for your first choice college via early decision and others via early action for the best chances to get a spot.
Deadlines for most top universities for Early Action or Early Decision applicants are around November 1st - although do note that there are exceptions, e.g. for some subjects you may need to submit your portfolio by October 15th; so double-check deadlines for each course you apply to. Deadlines for the regular decision are usually around January 1st (again with some exceptions where your portfolio should be submitted by December).
Our tutors for US universities all attended some of the best colleges in the USA and we seek to match applicants with tutors who specialised in the same areas of interest as the applicant. Some of our tutors have even, additionally, worked and taught at some of the universities you apply to, so can give you first-hand information about which qualities are highly regarded by admissions teams at your target schools and how to present your profile to match these requirements.