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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do you think it is possible to take dual enrollment classes and graduate early and also get into a good college
it's possible but why would you want to graduate early? usually people take a gap year instead of trying to rush into college.
How many AP courses should you take? Also do you know of any consultants I could speak to about my extracurriculars etc
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If you take too many the risk is you are wasting time and money
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Hi, I am an international student currently residing in Egypt. I was wandering if someone can recommend me the best colleges that provide significant financial aid for international students and has average requirements. Thank you!
Depends on the amount of finaid you need. This year I suspect many colleges will be keen to have more students who are willing to pay something. For example, something like Union College which provides decent finaid and merit scholarships to intl students could be a good option. If you are willing to contribute more than $7,500 a year it can work and it's a decent school too. I think I actually saw someone here who got into Union so def one of the options.
From what i understand you really need to try and apply to as many as possible as luck plays an important role...
Some good advice here! @Eyad Aoun feel free to message me if you have any additional questions. We have seen a number of international students here and always happy to help!
Hi there, I am an American citizen but am currently residing in India (outside the USA). So will I be considered a Domestic Applicant or International? Also, on what basis will my grades be evaluated? Will I have any advantage or disadvantage over an average International or domestic applicant? Thanks in advance.
You will be treated as a domestic applicant but reviewed with international together. At least this is how i understand the process. You can apply for domestic finaid etc
The answer above is correct. You are applying as a domestic student who is based outside of the US. Your grades will be evaluated on the basis of your school's grading policy and other exams you take. Your biggest advantage as an applicant would be financial aid qualification - many colleges only provide finaid to domestic students and even those who provide to both are usually more generous to US citizens. I would still recommend to take as many AP classes and SAT subject tests as these would make admission officers more comfortable with your academic standing assuming your schools doesn't have IB curriculum which is recognized by colleges in the US and internationally.
For international students how many colleges do you recommend to apply to? Any suggestions?
I am applying for 6-8 in the US but few others elsewhere
We did some analysis before and typically recommend 10-12 colleges for US students. For international, it is very difficult to predict. A lot of factors like financial aid, country you are from etc make a difference. Ideally you should apply to 6-7 colleges that you are interested in and happy to attend assuming you can afford them but also have a number of options in your home country and elsewhere.
Depends on how much you want to get into the US college. The more the better. But realistically around 10 is max assuming you are applying eslewhere.
Hi there, is anyone maybe an international student studying in the US right now?
There are mostly high school students here. What's your question?
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Well I’m a student from Poland and next year it’s time for me to go to college. I’ve spent the whole day reading about the US education system and how the applications work. I found out a lot of stuff about how does the degree process works and application. However my plans and dreams went down when I found out that only 7 colleges in US are need-blind for international students. What’s more is that these are mostly the best colleges out there. I was wondering if anyone here applied from a different country and was he able to get financial aid or loans or scholarships... right now I feel super depressed because I’m not a top student to go to Harvard and I’m not rich enough to pay full tuition...
Jakub Markowski, First don't focus on need blind colleges only. We have seen plenty of international students here who have successfully applied to colleges in the US with full or near full financial aid (including some top 10 schools but also just some good colleges outside of top 50). Having said that it is not a guarantee and you should not really count on that. You should have a good list of universities in your home country or elsewhere and consider US application process as a lottery. Now, there are plenty of colleges that are happy to accept international students - the issue is the cost. I would start with this list www.roundp... l-students which covers over 60 most generous colleges for international students. This is also a good post that our team put out some time ago www.roundp... ncial-aid. You need to build a balanced college list. I would also suggest to do EFC calculation based on your family finances which will give you an idea what you may be expected to pay. If you are willing to pay part of the tuition your chances are also going to be higher.
Greg Zavorotniy, hey man, thanks for the links and advices. I’ll read them as soon as I wake up. After reading your reply your brought hope back to me, because I’ve been literally upset the whole day thinking I only have a chance at the 7 colleges. I really appreciate your help, thank you !
Jakub Markowski, I would still keep your exceptions definitely have to be looking at more than 7 colleges but getting in and receiving full or close to full financial aid is difficult. Feel free to send me a direct message if you have more questions. We had this Columbia student who posted a number of great articles for international students www.roundp... t.dovranov - you should check them out.
This is some good advice above! I recommend finding colleges that are good fit for you first. Don't worry about rankings just figure out what you want to study and do your own research. Don't waste time applying to colleges that never provided any financial aid or merit aid for international students.
I am planning too. Agree with comment above...
So what's happening with intl students with the new US immigration law???
This is 60 day issue only, assuming they open campuses in fall it isn't going to be a problem
Not really an issue if they open everything but could be a problem this year
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Hi guys! I am an international student looking at some US colleges. Can someone provide advice on how many colleges I should apply to? Also, what are my options if I want to continue playing soccer at college. Thanks!
We did some analysis here and generally 12 colleges is the optimal number if you are looking at some competitive colleges.
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Do we have a chance to get into MIT as an international student without participating in any international olympiads?
Yes but really depends on many other things. Not all MIT students are winners of international olympiads. But many international students asking for financial aid typically have some top awards. And there are olympiad winners who get rejected by MIT every year. I wouldn't waste time trying to participate in these competitions purely to attend a particular college. In fact, my advice would be to stop worrying about one college but create a list of schools that you have a decent chance of getting into and attending.
I agree! The issue with top US colleges and international students is that unless you are prepared to pay for it and don't stand out as an applicant your chances are very low. It doesn't mean you shouldn't apply but you better have plenty of other options in your country or elsewhere
Okay... Thank you
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Alright, thank you. I'm not applying for financial aid for any colleges.
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Hey guys when do you apply to USA universities if you are hoping to attend in 2021?
Next year starting August. Like Derek said, depends on early or regular and each college has different deadlines. Some deadlines are in November, some December, etc. good luck.
My advice is to start as early as possible and make sure your essay is ready before you even start application process
some colleges in my state already have applications opened
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?
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.
Hey guys! Where are you international students applying to???
Cornell, UMich, UCLA, NYU, USC and few schools outside of the US