Some of the world's most renowned universities are located in the US - Harvard, Princeton, Yale, other so-called "Ivy League" schools, as well as non-Ivy League schools such as Stanford, Duke and NYU, which regularly top global university rankings.
While studying in the US can be more expensive than in other countries (such as within the EU, if you are an EU citizen), some of the most generous funding schemes for studying in the US are available for Bachelor studies - often more generous than those for US Master studies.
Much like applying to a Bachelor degree in the UK, the application at US universities involves more than just grades (although these also play an important part), giving more applicants a chance than in systems where the high school grade is the sole determining factor in an application (as with many German universities).
Benefits of studying in the USA
Studying in the US is attractive for a range of factors. Beyond "simply" internationalising your CV and gaining experience of the US culture and college life, a Bachelor's degree in the US gives students more flexibility in exploring their academic interests. This is enabled by the structure of US degrees, in which the first two years are spent studying a range of courses of the student's choice, before narrowing down his or her interests and focussing on only one (or two) major(s) in their final two years.
Of-course, the renommé and employment opportunities within the US, as well as opportunities to continue your studies at top schools in the country, are attractive, too. After completing a degree in the US, your are authorised to work in your field for one year. To do so, you apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training); thereafter the company you are at can sponsor your work or H1-B visa.
Universities in the US are among the most selective in the world, with the universities with the lowest admission rates accepting only ca. 5% of applicants, while the full university landscape offers places for applicants with (nearly) any ability level.We support anyone applying to the US for university courses as well as for the financing of their studies, and with all practical aspects of the application and (later) move to the US.
Preparing your application
Start your research 2 years before you intend to start your course. We recommend choosing up to 5 (not 10!) universities to apply to in order not to be overwhelmed. Research the entry requirements of each school and feel free to contact each university's international student advisor with your questions.
The entry requirements are likely to include some combination of the following:
Most colleges require the SAT or subject-specific SATs as entrance tests. Register (and start preparing) for these well in advance (...hence our recommendation to start your research 2 years in advance). The English tests that are accepted are listed on the college websites; the TOEFL and IELTS are the most popular in the US.
Many universities allow you to apply via the so-called Common Application, an online form that can be sent to several universities. Universities may sometimes add questions or requirements (e.g. documents or essays) of their own to the CA.
You can apply early for universities, usually in early November, as part of an early action plan (you get the response to your application early - in December or January) or the early decision plan (you get the response to your application early - in December or January - AND that decision is binding; i.e. you have to attend that college). Hence, apply for your first choice college via early decision and others via early action for the best chances to get a spot.
Deadlines for most top universities for Early Action or Early Decision applicants are around November 1st - although do note that there are exceptions, e.g. for some subjects you may need to submit your portfolio by October 15th; so double-check deadlines for each course you apply to. Deadlines for the regular decision are usually around January 1st (again with some exceptions where your portfolio should be submitted by December).
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Katharina Kunze, Tutorin und Gründerin von Oxbridge Bewerbung, hat zwischen 2005 und 2008 an der Oxford University "Politics, Philosophy and Economics" (BA Hons) studiert.
Nach ihrem Master hat sie als Unternehmens-
beraterin bei Oliver Wyman, bei The Economist und bei dem deutschen Startup mymuesli gearbeitet.
Seit 2011 haben sie und ihre Mentoren bei Oxbridge Bewerbung Schüler in England, Deutschland und im Ausland bei der Bewerbung für Oxford und Cambridge University betreut.