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The US University System Making an Informed Choice July 2009 US University System in a word or two Welcoming Forward thinking Interdisciplinary Interactive A true sense of community Individual-focused Why study in the USA? The distinguishing differences

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us university system in a word or two
US University System in a word or two
  • Welcoming
  • Forward thinking
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Interactive
  • A true sense of community
  • Individual-focused
why study in the usa
Why study in the USA?

The distinguishing differences

  • Developing the total student

Classroom + Dorm living + Internship + Student Org’s

  • Learning more than facts - critical thinking

Read, defend, debate, present & respond

  • Making major decisions later

Get involved, talk with faculty, then decide

  • Flexible – Changing your mind / major…it’s possible but do it early first three semesters
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Why study in the USA?

The Experience

  • Flexible curricula
  • Accessible faculty, Office hours, mentoring
  • Counseling/advising available start to finish
  • Campuses—a sense of place
  • Degrees recognized worldwide
  • English-based; language of global business
  • Opportunities for advanced degree
us university system private vs public universities
US University System Private vs. Public Universities

What’s the difference?

Private (University of Hartford)

Source of Funding - No funding from the State of Connecticut…little from the US Government.

Dependent on the fees of students for Operating expenses

Tends to be more expensive

Usually smaller/ more student support / class size 20-30 vs. 300)

Not effected by Government Budgets to cut programs and services

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US University System Private vs. Public Universities

Public

Source of Funding - Receives 30-40% of Operating Budget from the State

Cost - are generally lower but on the increase during difficult economic times

Size - Student populations from 10,000 to 60,000.

Class size 50 – 400

Really good at Sports (Univ. of Conn., Univ of Florida)

us university system undergraduate vs graduate
US University SystemUndergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate

  • Two-year (Associate’s Degree. Typically a “Community College,” “Junior College.”)
  • Four-year (Bachelor’s Degree) (Specialty institutions—art, music, dance)
  • Five-year (Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy, dual-degree programs)

Graduate

  • Master’s Degree (MBA, M. Sci., M. Arts, M. Ed.)
  • Doctoral (Ph. D, Ed. D)
  • Post Doctoral (Additional study or research)

Professional (Medicine, Law, Dentistry)

us university system progressing through the system
US University systemProgressing through the system

Doctoral Programs(Ph. D, Ed. D)

Professional Programs(Law, Medicine, Dentistry)

Specialty Institutions/Programs

Graduate (Master’s Degree) Programs

Specialty Institutions/Programs

Four/Five-Year (Bachelor’s Degree) Programs

Specialty Institutions/Programs

Two-Year (Associate’s Degree) Programs

Secondary School Diploma

the bachelors degree
The Bachelors Degree
  • Four Years of Study
  • Eight Academic semesters of 15 weeks each
  • Three parts over four years
  • General education subjects – English, Math, Laboratory Science, History, Economics
  • Major –seven to fifteen subjects depending on degree.
  • Electives –subjects you chose
how do you chose the right univ
How do you chose the right Univ?

Start with questions

  • Can I be admitted?
  • Is the Univ’s degrees accredited / recognized?
  • Are their fees within my budget? Think four years!
  • Are they located in a good/safe area?
  • Will I receive the support I need to be successful?
  • Does the University provide services for Intl students?
how do i learn about univ s outside to inside
How do I learn about Univ’s?Outside to Inside
  • Use the Univ. Web page – Learn about the area around the University, size, degree programs of interest, Admission Criteria.
  • Visit – Schedule a visit or just stop in. If you don’t schedule a visit you need to lower your expectations about what you will be able to see and do.
  • Become a student – If time allows stay the night and go to class this is the best way to learn if the school is right for you.
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How do I learn about Univ’s?Outside to Inside
  • Chat /email /talk with Enrolled students – the best option is to speak with students from your country/city who are currently enrolled. Ask the admission office for names and emails of enrolled students.
  • Chat /email /talk with Alumni / Graduates – Ask the Admission Office to provide the names & emails of former students
getting started
Getting started
  • Start early – 1 year prior to enrollment
  • Required Documents
    • Application & Fee
    • High School Academic records
    • Exams - SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS
    • Essay / Writing Sample
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Proof of Financial Support
admissions systems
Admissions Systems
  • Rolling admission – Applications considered once they become complete. Decision follows shortly.
  • Date based Admission – Applications reviewed up until the deadline…then all decisions mailed the same day (April).
  • Early Decision – Applicants apply with the understanding that if admitted will withdraw applications from other Univ’s. Students notified in Nov. Dec of final year of High School.
  • Early Action – Apply early decision early but no commitment from applicant to attend.
how decisions are made
How decisions are made

Using the best predictors of Academic Success

  • Academic Record – by far the best predictor…most weight given to this item in the students application.
    • Grades/Notes
    • Rank among classmates
    • Subjects studied
    • Level of subjects (Standard, College Preparatory, Advanced)
  • Test Results – helpful but rarely used above Academic record
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How decisions are made
  • Essay, Writing Sample – Puts flesh on the application
  • Letters of Recommendation – What others say about your potential for success
  • Activities (Student Org’s, Community Service, Sports)
financial aid for international students
Financial Aid for International Students

Types of Financial Aid

  • Need based – offered to you on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Must fill out form from the University or standard form to be considered. Money from the University not Federal or State governments within the USA
  • Merit based Scholarship / Grant – offered to you on the basis of demonstrated talent (Academic, Artistic, Music, Sports). This aid will vary widely by University in the US.
useful references
Useful references
  • The College Board

http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp

  • US Government

http://www.educationusa.state.gov/