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. 

 

Find College/University by Major

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Research your university options

There are over 5000 colleges and universities in the United States. But, not all of them will offer your selected major. For this reason, finding your college/university by major is a great tool to help eliminate those colleges/universities that do not offer your desired field of study. 

After narrowing your search to those universities that do offer your selected major, you will still not apply to all of them, obviously because it is not a wise investment of your time. 

Your decision as to which universities to pursue application with will depend on a number of factors including the type of institution (2-year colleges, 4-year colleges/universities, public vs. private institutions, etc.), the size of the institution (small, medium, or large), the location of the institution, and most importantly the admission requirements of the institution. 

Universities are also categorized with the respect to their level of research activity. For applicants seeking admission in graduate school, it is important to be aware of the research classification of your selected universities.

Last but not least, keep in mind that the  best schools won’t necessarily be the ones everyone thinks are great, but rather  the ones that best match you in terms of your major, objectives, priorities, career goals, finances, weather, etc. 

 

 

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1. You are not sure about what major to pursue for your studies in the United States

2. You are not sure about how your previous major translates into the American system

3. You want  to explore other fields of study you could possibly major in

4. You need help selecting colleges/universities 

5. You are confused about this step of the application process

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