US College Applications

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We have created this group after seeing a number of questions from both US and foreign students about US college application process. Our goal is to help college bound students navigate relatively complex college admission process by directing them to the right resources and having related discussions here on RoundPier. RoundPier community is about sharing ideas and learning from one another - we hope that those who have successfully navigated this process can share their insight and help others. Members of our team have attended leading universities in the US and Europe and would be happy to share their experience.

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I’m an international student applying for bachelors in few universities in USA. For now i have plans to apply to NYU, Bowdoin, UMD, Carnegie Mellon. If i apply to these schools without request for financial aid, will i able to apply for aid later on during my time at the campus?
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4 days ago
You can but for the first year you def won't get any finaid as I understand. It will also be hard to justify applying for finaid later but possible. Also bear in mind that these schools provide very little finaid for international students anyway. Your best bet is to see if you can qualify for some kind of scholarship after the first year.
Hello...Suggest some good civil engineering colleges that would match my profile and can grant me a full ride or nearly full ride as an international student?
P.S My essays are strongest part of my app but still I need some help in further strengthening them :) Thanks in advance...
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1 week ago
With essays you can't really tell how good they are since every admission officer has a different view on what is a good essay
1 week ago
I'm interested in Civil Engineering so any good Civil Engineering that you can name?
1 week ago
You should look at University of Washington and University at Buffalo where as international you may have a chance for finaid/scholarship opportunities
Hey guys! Where are you international students applying to???
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1 week ago
Cornell, UMich, UCLA, NYU, USC and few schools outside of the US
Hello World
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2 weeks ago
haha, I wouldn't describe my ECs that great. They're too nerdy. I wish I could have volunteered more frequently and participated in group activities
2 weeks ago
that you can always do...but winning math or science olympiads is a big deal
1 week ago
Great ECs indeed!
Guys can anyone please review my essay?
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2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
Send me a direct message I can have a look but I don't proofread or advise on writing - I can guide on whether the content and structure make sense
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Hi guys! Can anyone recommend college list based on my profile? I am interested in STEM. Probably applying as a physics major. Would be great to hear some ideas here...
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1 month ago
Mostly looking at Northeast
1 month ago
Rochester, Vassar, RPI but also would try some top 20 like UPenn and Cornell
1 month ago
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So I have worked at a convenience store near my house for about 4 months now and my question is :Should I put this on my application form . I have this question because one friend of mine told me that these activities were not impressive and colleges didn't really care much about them . So what do you guys think about having a part-time job ?
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5 months ago
Your job isn't to impress admission officer. You need to create a profile of all your activities and commitments to make sure they understand what you are spending your time on. Working in a grocery store is a part of your profile.
5 months ago
Agree with John. If this is something that takes up a lot of your time you have to include it. In fact, many admission officers like to see regular jobs on students resumes. What's really impressive if you have a job like this, do well in school and also participate in a bunch of interesting projects.
5 months ago
Part time jobs are big part of ECs and many AOs do care about it...
A question that you might get asked on your college interview that’s sure to stump a lot of students is, where do you see yourself in the future? It’s a hard question because nobody really knows where you’ll be in the future. Yet, you are expected to give an answer to it, so here is how to answer it well.
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Anyone already starting college apps for next year?
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Yes, I am working on my essay
A question that you are guaranteed to get asked on your college interview is why our school? Out of all the possible schools that you could possibly apply to out there, why is our school the best fit for you. Most students freeze when they’re asked this. So this will show you how to answer it well.

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Any international students here can share their experiences?
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6 months ago
I have been somewhat successful with acceptances at a few smaller schools (some top LACs) but the cost is really something that makes me thing I should stay in Europe. Overall, you can do well if you start applications early and have a story to tell...just my personal experience.
At the end of every college interview, the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" It seems like a simple question, but most students incorrectly answer this question, costing them in the college admissions process.
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Of course there is no "perfect" way to answer all of the possible college interview questions that can be thrown at you. But, there is a general strategy that can be used to stand out in your interviews.
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7 months ago
Some very good points here!
7 months ago
Thanks for this!
The college interview can be one of the most stressful aspects about applying. A big cause of this is that you don’t know what to expect. So to get you focused only on answering questions, here is how to prepare for your college interviews.
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With many decisions out this and next week I am feeling nervous...
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7 months ago
I can relate
Hello everyone! I'd like to find study partner for TOEFL preparation (online).
Where should I seek them.
Thanks!
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8 months ago
We have shared your post perhaps other international students here are interested in partnering to study for TOELF
I wanna get admission in Boston University but I can't understand this GPA system and number of years etc.Ive 95%score in 10 class and 92%in 12.My SAT scores are 1160.Please guide me how to get into the med school of BOSTON University
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8 months ago
The gpa part you dont have to worry about, they will convert it to a ay they can understand. Try taking more sat or acts, your school must be higher.
8 months ago
I'm from an under developed/remote area Won't it give any benefit?
8 months ago
It will be taken into consideration but once again BU isn't ideal for the international students given limited amount of financial aid they offer and while they will not compare you to the applicant from the US your SAT score will be an issue to them. You should re-work you college list to focus on universities where you have a better chance of admission and the ones that offer significant financial aid to international students.