Five things about Indian applicants to US Universities

  1. Most US Colleges often limit international applicants to about 10% of the admitted class.  The top sources of International students are China, India, Korea in that order.  Going for large state universities would be a safer bet as their intake from India would be higher than the private universities.
  2. Most US universities may not give any financial aid to international applicants. So, if you don’t need financial aid, make that clear on your application.  You have little to no chance if you’re a poor international student. There are very few universities that provide lots of aid to foreigners (MIT, Yale..) but to get admitted, you got to be top notch and they are extremely competitive. There’s no way you can afford college in the USA unless if you take massive loans.
  3. English proficiency exams like TOEFL and IELTS are incredibly important to demonstrate English proficiency.  SAT/ACT scores matter a lot because colleges won’t necessarily know how to interpret your transcript.  There are multiple boards in India and that could get confusing at times.
  4. American colleges place a higher value on extracurriculars than do schools in other countries.  Develop a keen interest early in your high school.
  5. Don’t just bank on big names or ivy league schools.  You can still get a great education from a school that isn’t famous.


Sachin is a student of Class 10 in Bangalore, India. He spends a lot of time researching college options and loves to share it with his peers.

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