Why choose U.S. for undergraduate study?
The World University Rankings reveal that U.S. has more than 10 universities on the list of the top 20 universities. Over 30 American universities are among the top 50 universities of the world. American universities have gathered 70% of the Nobel laureates. Around 30% of the scientific research and engineering literature in the world is produced in American universities, and 44% of frequently-cited articles come from American universities. The United States currently has the most developed higher education, the most complete education system, and the largest number of best universities. Entering the top universities in the U.S. is undoubtedly the dream of many young Chinese people. Going to the United States for undergraduate study has become a new trend, especially in recent years.
Application Timeline (The preparation should be made 2 years prior to the year of entry, and early planning and preparation are highly recommended)
Sept.: Keep high academic performance
Oct. – Dec.: Keep academic performance & make initial plan for extracurricular activities
Jan. – Feb.: Focus on extracurricular activities
Mar. – Jun.: Keep high academic performance , take an active part in planning extracurricular activities & collect information about overseas universities (consultants can help students choose activities)
Jul. – Aug.: Summer activities
Aug. – Sep.: Keep high academic performance; prepare for SAT/TOEFL; continue to participate in planning extracurricular activities
Jan. – Feb.: Focus on preparing for SAT/TOEFL and participate in planning extracurricular activities
Mar. – Apr.: Keep high academic performance and get more involved in planning extracurricular activities
May: ACT and AP tests
Jun.: SAT and choose universities
Jul. – Aug.: prepare for TOEFL and SAT and choose universities
Sept.: Take part in TOEFL and prepare essays and various other application documents (such as recommendation letters and transcripts)
Oct.: Take part in SAT, complete ED/EA application essays, and submit ED/EA application
Nov.: Prepare RD application essays, submit UC application, and prepare for/ attend interviews of ED/EA schools
Dec.: Wait for ED/EA application results, complete all RD application essays and other documents, submit all RD applications as early as possible, and prepare for RD interviews
Jan. – Mar. of the following year: Prepare for/ attend RD school interviews, submit supplementary materials for RD application, and wait for the RD admission results
Apr. of the following year: Decide which university to attend, reply to the university to accept the offer, and pay the admission deposit
May of the following year: Prepare visa documents, apply for visa and confirm schedules
Jun. – Jul of the following year: Apply for visa, confirm schedules, and prepare for the journey
Aug. – Sept. of the following year: Fly to America and the universities open
Application Procedure and Requirements of U.S. Undergraduate Programs
Academic performance: based on the official transcripts of Grade 9 to 12, the university can know the students’ academic performance throughout the high school. For example, whether they have maintained a consistently high level of achievements and whether they have sustained stable academic results. A slight increase in grades is ideal.
Standard Tests Results
Standard Test Results: TOEFL and ACT/SAT. TOEFL is used to evaluate whether students’ English proficiency is sufficient to study at U.S. universities. SAT/ACT is to assess students’ intelligence level. Standard tests results are merely the stepping stones for those who hope to be accepted by the top universities. However, admission into prestigious universities is dependent on many other conditions and factors as well. Don’t assume one can enter the Ivy League universities with simply good grades.
Extracurricular Activities & Essays
Through a variety of essays, universities get to know more about applicants, such as their personality, characteristics, growth stories, hobbies, extracurricular activities and so on. Then universities further assess whether applicants have the qualities they appreciate—leadership, warm personality, and creativity.
Interview & Other Tips
Apart from the above three aspects, the universities will conduct interviews to verify whether the information in the application form and documents are consistent with the actual situation, and evaluate students’ true performance. It is crucial that the application materials are consistent and coherent.
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