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Indian students fuel growth in US graduate school admissions

While Indian and Chinese students dominate the international student applicant numbers to US graduate schools , Indians seem to have raced ahead a bit in the last couple of years. It was reported that for the second year in a row, applications to American graduate schools from India skyrocketed, while those from prospective Chinese students fell. It was mentioned that the numbers from the Council of Graduate Schools, turn the trend line of recent years on its head where for the better part of a decade, Chinese graduate applications and enrollments had outpaced everyone else. The report...

How to go about US Spring 2015 admissions

If you are a student looking for admissions to US colleges, you can either apply for the Fall semester or spring semester. In the US, most of the colleges / universities follow either semester or quarter system. The application deadlines are different for each college / university and are different for each system. Not all universities have same deadline and applying to Fall or Spring semester courses have their own merits and the benefits can be debated. If you are eying 2015 Spring admissions, you should start your plans right away. The period from January to mid May is called as the...

Top colleges in US turning away over 90% applicants this year

While the Indian premier colleges have always been known for their selectivity, it is not something that is restricted to India but even the elite American colleges have acceptance rate in single digits. According to reports, the competition for spots at top universities is at an all time high and reportedly in the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools. According to the reports, this year, by the April 1 deadline for most colleges to send admission notices, Harvard and Yale ...

Indians are second largest users of MIT-Harvard online courses

The freely available study materials from top universities or immensely popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have sparked new found interest top study online in India. Now it has been reported that over 2.5 lakh Indians have registered for courses on edX, the MOOC platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in May 2012 to host online university-level courses. It was reported that this makes Indians the second largest community, after Americans, to register for these courses, according to edX president Anant Agarwal, an Indian...

How to go about your US student Visa interview

USA has been the biggest attraction for the Indian students who wish to study abroad and every year more than one lakh students go to US for higher education . One of the major steps to get closer to the dream of studying in an American university is to get a student Visa. Once you choose the college and course you want to pursue, you need start applying for the college. Each college and courses will have different and specific requirements fulfilling of which will get you the formal admission letter along with I-20 form. Then you need to go about scheduling the Visa interview. The...

What you need to do for US Spring 2015 admission

If you are a student looking for admissions to US colleges, you can either apply for the Fall semester or spring semester. In the US, most of the colleges / universities follow either semester or quarter system. The application deadlines are different for each college / university and are different for each system. Not all universities have same deadline and applying to Fall or Spring semester courses have their own merits and the benefits can be debated. If you are eying 2015 Spring admissions, you should start your plans right away. The period from January to mid May is called as the...

Travel and health insurance tips for students going abroad

Increasingly students are opting to go abroad for pursuing their higher education and most of them do adequate research on the colleges and courses to choose from to lodging and boarding. The students have to wade through lot of paper work for university admission letters, various documents and visa application. In between all this work, the students also need to take care of another major issue, a travel insurance including the health cover. While it is mandatory to have health insurance in most universities, there are also other benefits in having a combined insurance which provides a...

Manipal University partners US varsity to boost research and training

Manipal University (MU) has joined hands with the United States (US) based University of Cincinnati (UoC) to develop joint research as well as training programs for students and faculty via regular exchange. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the two varsities in this regard. The joint venture is expected to boost academics and research in the areas of engineering, medicine, architecture, business studies, design, etc. The two universities have come into an agreement to jointly create new academic programs and hold combined global research...

Indian students to benefit from the new SAT structure

The latest development from College Board on overhauling the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will likely benefit Indian students who are willing to go American universities . It was reported earlier that the SAT test that students must take to apply to most U.S. colleges will change its rules starting in early 2016. According to reports, the major changes scheduled to be introduced are cutting out the obscure vocabulary words and mandatory essays. The standardized test will return to the 1600-point SAT grading scale used in the past, and discard a 2400-point scale launched in 2005....

SAT exam to be overhauled by 2016 says US College Board

This could be really good news for many young students who are planning to take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) for admission into US colleges from 2016. According to reports, the creators of the US college entrance examination SAT have announced an overhaul of the test, eliminating mandatory essays, ending penalty for guessing wrong and cutting obscure vocabulary words. Most US colleges require an SAT or ACT exam score for admission. The reports have stated that the College Board which produces SAT, the Scholastic Assessment Test has made the announcement. The redesigned SAT,...

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