Preparing Successful Applications
 
 
 
 
Preparing Successful Applications

You should now have a short list of degree programs that match your needs, interests, and abilities. You should also feel confident that you have the minimum entrance requirements for studying in the United States, and that you can meet the costs of a U.S. graduate education. Now it's time to start putting together your applications. This section gives practical information and advice to help you prepare successful applications to the programs of your choice.

The entire application process, from obtaining initial information to applying for your student visa, should begin 12 to 18 months in advance of when you want to go the United States. See 'The Application Process' for a summary of the timeframe for applying to U.S. universities. It is possible to complete the process in less than 12 months but late applicants usually find they have a much more limited choice of colleges and universities.