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Studying in the U.S.

Almost everything you want to know about studying in the U.S. gives an overview on the process of applying for postsecondary education in the U.S., the different application components, some tips on how to strengthen applications, and where to go for more

Eileen Valdecanas

on 16 March 2011

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Why study in the U.S.? When do I apply? How do I choose the right school? What are the steps in applying
to schools in the U.S.? Summary Need more information? Quality Studying in the U.S. One last thing... Everything you want to know Almost ^ What are the requirements? Value Choice Wholistic education Latest technology, information and equipment
Distinguished faculty
Practical training and internships
Top research and development
Accreditation system Investment in your future
Value for money There are 690,923
international students
in the United States. 3,815 Filipinos (50.2% UG; 34.4% Grad level) 1 3 4 2 5 6 Evaluate your interests, aptitudes & goals. Choose a program specialization. Prepare a shortlist of programs and schools. Check and complete the admission requirements, including taking required tests. Wait for the results and decide on which school to go. Apply for a U.S. student visa. more than one year before Conduct research, take tests,
request application forms Apply Acceptance notice;
apply for visa Depart for the U.S. What's most important to you? What do U.S. Universities look at when making admission decisions? Application Components 1] Application form(s) 2] Academic records 3] Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL) 4] Academic admissions exam (SAT/GRE/GMAT) 5] Letters of recommendation 6] Personal essay / Statement of purpose 7] Extracurricular activities biographical information
educational history
family background > biographical information > educational history > family background Tips: 1) Follow deadlines.

2) Answer completely. > overall performance in academic subjects/courses > trends in your academic performance > rank in your class 1) Submit transcripts for each school you have attended.

2) Submit your most recent transcript of records. Tips: TOEFL iBT
Internet-based TOEFL > scheduled test dates > 4 sections: reading, listening, writing, speaking > scores are reported online and via mail www.ets.org/toefl > 6 test dates per year: Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, May, June > SAT 2: Subject Tests > 3 sections: mathematics, critical reading, writing www.collegeboard.com Scholastic Aptitude Test Graduate Management Admission Test > scores are valid for 5 years www.mba.com > 3 sections: verbal analysis, quantitative analysis, analytical writing > SAT 1: Reasoning Test > Test centers: IS Manila & Brent > GRE Subject Test - Paper-based > GRE General Test - Computer-based > 3 sections: verbal analysis, quantitative analysis, analytical writing www.ets.org/gre Graduate Record Exam > 8 specific subject areas > administered only 3 times a year: Oct, Nov, April > Computer-based > scores are valid for 2 years > scores are valid for 2 years > scores are valid for 5 years 1) Ask a teacher who can write a strong letter of recommendation.

2) Ask early and follow-up.

3) Submit no more than what is required. > Counselors / advisers give an overall picture > Teachers tell about a specific course or project Tips: Tips: 1) Make sure you are answering the essay question.

2) Proofread your essay.

3) Ask others to read your essay. > provides additional information/background > gives an idea whether you are a good match for the university and vice versa > allows to evaluate your writing skills > Are you well-rounded? Tips: 1) List all non-academic activities you've been involved in.

2) Highlight leadership positions you've held.

3) Quality vs quantity > Are you committed to an activity or group? > Do you demonstrate leadership skills? Academic Records Letters of Recommendation Essay / Statement of Purpose Extracurricular Activities Looking for funding? Undergraduate Financial Aid Graduate Financial Aid > Primarily at private universities
> Rarely covers full cost
> Apply early
> Extremely competitive
> Take SAT 1 & SAT 2 > May be available in the form of assistantships
> More aid available for PhD than Master's
> More aid available in the hard sciences than humanities
> Professional degrees (business, law, medicine, etc.) do not generally give out funding or assistantships Remember that applications are reviewed holistically and that no one component is a determining factor. Do your research and be prepared. Follow application and scholarship deadlines. Make sure to submit a complete application. Follow-up with the Admissions office. Saint Louis University Baguio City Ilocos Norte Mariano Marcos State University Dumaguete City Silliman University University of St. La Salle Bacolod City Central Philippine University Iloilo City Ateneo de Zamboanga University Zamboanga City Davao City Ateneo de Davao University Free group or individual advising on U.S. education
Library: has the Philippines' largest collection of information on study in the U.S.
Information, bulletins and study materials for standardized tests
Reference materials on financial aid
Visa information
Pre-departure orientation programs for students who have been accepted to U.S. universities
Opportunities to meet with visiting university representatives Over 400 EducationUSA advising centers in 8 regions and 170 countries around the world
Hosted by U.S. Embassies/Consulates, Binational Centers, Fulbright Commissions, Universities/Libraries, NGOs, others
Offers first-rate advising services to talented students in exploring post-secondary educational opportunities in the United States of America Services offered 10/F Ayala Life-FGU Center, 6811 Ayala Avenue, Makati City Tel. No.: 812.0945 Fax No.: 812.0822 Website: http://www.fulbright.org.ph E-mail: educationUSA@fulbright.org.ph Getting into higher education takes time and energy --
but it's worth it! Believe in yourself. It is okay to be afraid sometimes. Take occasional risks. It
better! Thank you! EducationUSA.state.gov www.fulbright.org.ph educationUSA@fulbright.org.ph U.S. Higher Education System no Central Authority or Official Rankings
Regional and National Accreditation
Credit Transfer System
Academic year: September - May
No National Entrance Examination Degree Program
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