Graduate – Choosing Universities
Choosing a University – Fall 2024
You will need to figure out good matches for you when selecting universities. Most importantly, does a university have a good reputation for the master’s program you’ve already selected? With some time and effort, you can target the right schools for you!
Research, ask questions and create your short list of schools!
Plan of Action
Start: April 01, 2023 | Complete: April 30, 2023
To set up your journey for success, follow the plan of action below. Do your best to follow the calendar dates indicated for maximum effectiveness.
April 15th to April 30th
Narrow Down to 12 Universities. (4 Top Rank, 4 Medium Rank, 4 Low Rank)
What are the universities you know you will be accepted at based on your qualifications? Which are schools that you could consider “stretch goals” but may have a stronger academic reputation? Which schools are the best of the best? You will want to have a variety of choices.
- Top: 1 to 60
- Medium: 61 to 120
- Low: 120+
As you narrow down on choices of universities, your goal is to have a good mix that gives you the best chance for acceptance and for attending the type of school that’s best for you.
Check out Top University Rankings
Congratulations, you have given yourself a good variety of selections for universities! Now it’s time to prepare for your tests and set yourself up for success.
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Step 1: Choose MajorChoose MajorYour first important step on your journey is to choose a major. You will look at different available resources, and once you have a grasp of what you want, you can narrow it all down – no problem!
Step 2: Choose UniversitiesChoose UniversitiesYou need to figure out suitable matches when choosing universities. Most importantly, does a university have a good reputation for the master’s program you’ve chosen already?
Step 3: GRE/GMATIt’s time to hit the books and study for either the GRE or the GMAT. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
Step 4: TOEFL/IELTSIt’s time to hit the books and study for either the TOEFL or the IELTS. A good score will give you the advantage of setting the right path for your future.
Step 5: University ApplicationsYou need to follow the recommended steps to prepare your university applications. Be thorough and detailed with your documentation. Get organized and ready to apply to your chosen universities!
Step 6: Statement of PurposeNow it’s time to create your statement of purpose. It’s always good to review this with an expert to get help. Create a draft, have it reviewed, make your revisions, then finalize and print it out!
Step 7: Letter of RecommendationYou need to think about your professors, mentors, and employers who will write you a sparkling letter of recommendation! Identify three candidates to write your recommendations.
Step 8: TranscriptsThe universities you apply to will need your transcripts. You need to request and send them to the universities. Request and follow-up to ensure the universities receive your transcripts.
Step 9: Submit Test ScoresIt’s time to submit your test scores to the universities you’ve selected! Identify schools and their school codes and requirements, then submit your scores.
Step 10: Show SolvencyIn this step, you need to prove solvency. You will demonstrate your assets and liquidity to justify you have the means to pay for your living costs.
Step 11: Submit University ApplicationsYou’re finally ready to pay the application fees and submit your university applications. You’ve put together documents needed to support your applications. It’s time to submit your applications.
Step 12: Immunization PlanYou will need to know the right immunizations you need. Having an immunization plan will help you get vaccinations in your home country and save you hundreds of dollars.
Step 13: Visa Application OverviewFour types of visas apply to students, but typically the F-1 Visa type of visa applies to students who want to study as a full-time student at an accredited college or University.
Step 14: Financial DocumentationIn this step, you will need to ensure that you have all your financial documentation ready to go. Gather mandatory and optional financial documentation.
Step 15: Schedule Visa AppointmentA lot of people get nervous about their upcoming Visa interview. That’s understandable. But the first step is to schedule your visa appointment.
Step 16: Prepare for Visa InterviewAs you prepare for your interview, use as many resources as you can to feel confident and be yourself in the actual interview.
Step 17: Visa InterviewGet a good night’s sleep. Many professional athletes approach a big championship game as if it were just another game. You should take the same approach for your visa interview.
Step 18: Air TicketLook at several options before finalizing your travel plans. Airfare pricing is constantly changing, so give yourself time and have a few dates in mind for travel.
Step 19: ShoppingNext up is one of our favorite steps – Shopping. After all, who doesn’t like shopping? When you move to a different part of the world, you’ll need a few things to make your new lifestyle comfortable.
Step 20: Health & ImmunizationEnsure that you are up to date with any changes to the immunizations required and that you have your records ready to go. You are going to need health insurance as well.
Step 21: International Student ResourcesThere are lots of international student resources available to international students. Know what they are and where to find them to help you with your journey. Research your questions!
Step 22: Housing ResearchAs part of your housing research, you will need to find out if you’re required to have on-campus housing or if you are allowed to live off-campus. Know the housing rules of your university!
Step 23: US DollarsIt’s time to exchange your local currency for US Dollars. Your goal is to have enough money in US Dollars to pay for travel, college fees, and other expenses.
Step 24: Departure PreparationGetting ready for your trip is fun and exciting. Take a minute to make sure you have everything you need! Pack essential items to bring on your trip before your departure.
Step 25: HousingFinalizing housing means it is time to sign your contract and get moved in! You will need to find time to get your utility set up and go shopping. Sign contract, move in, and set up!
Step 26: Campus VisitIt’s time to get yourself oriented to the campus. As part of your campus visit, visit the student union and buildings where your classes are located and research job opportunities on campus.
Step 27: Plan SemesterTime to get ready for an awesome semester! You need to complete enrollment for your classes and attend orientations. Research and enroll in classes and go to orientation!
April 1st to April 15th
Research universities for selected masters program.
Give yourself options. Think about the location and utilize all the resources available to you.
Your goal is to find schools (universities) that are the right fit for you!