How and Where to Look for Universities and College
Searching for a University
- If you already know where you would like to go, just search the name of the institution in a general search engine, such as Google, to find the contact details.
- You can also go through the Path2usa database of Universities.
Tips on finding an University/College perfect for you
- While searching for an educational institution keep in mind the existing departments, faculty and course offerings of that particular institution which matches your interest.
Visit school's website and check the courses offered by the department and gather information about the professors who offer the courses that interests you.
- The geographic location of the Institute might have a factor in your decision. For example, if you really don't like snow cold winters, the East Coast institutions might not be the ideal for you.
- Filter out few schools based on your search criteria.
- You can also choose an institution based on the types of career opportunities available after your studies. You can do some internet research on career opportunities in specific states/cities.
- Make a list of your preferred schools.
- Check your preferred schools' admission requirements such as your GPA, GRE/GMAT score, TOEFL score, work experience, etc. and plan accordingly if you meet most of the requirements.
- Take the required test such as GRE/GMAT, TOEFL etc. and start the application process. Most of the application procedure will be listed on the school website.
- During the application process it is recommended to communicate with the admission advisor with any of your questions.
- As part of the application process, a Statement of Purpose, has to be written by you for the admissions committee members. See article for SoP Guidelines and Tips
Communicating with your University/College
Building a good rapport with the Graduate advisor and professors before hand is a wise move. Start communicating with the assistants in the department office (your specific department for which you are applying to) and they would eventually put you in touch with the Grad Advisor. University websites have directories with all the necessary information on professors --- contact them through email and try to extract as much information as possible from them. Showing your interest and eagerness adds value to your application.
Financial Assistance and Grants
- There is no financial aid available by the government to F1 visa students.
- You can earn some money by working as a student assistant in various department offices.
- Part time work is also available for F1 Visa holders in campus cafeteria, bookstores, and other campus facilities.