Research your major options
Research! research! and oops! reading! This is the first step to studying in the United States. There are over two thousand accredited colleges and universities in the United States. This means that you have to focus your search options by choosing a major to pursue, and using that selected major to narrow down your school options.
This step involves lots of research and reading. You will need to start the process about 12 to 15 months ahead of the application deadline to optimize your chances of admission and more importantly your chances to receive funding.
A good rule of thumb is to choose a major that suits your background and your career goals.