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Understanding the U.S. Undergraduate Admissions Process

Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | by WES Advisor

U.S. undergraduate admissions

To celebrate International Education Week 2018, WES Advisor recently released an on-demand webinar on U.S. undergraduate admissions for international students. Sign up here to watch the full webinar, which features international admissions experts from colleges and universities across the U.S.

Did you know that the undergraduate application process varies widely from school to school? There is no standardized undergraduate application process in the U.S. The application materials, deadlines, and selection criteria differ from school to school, so it is important to research each school’s specific application requirements.

Here are some examples of these differences:

  • Some schools have a set deadline for the submission of applications, whereas others offer rolling admissions. With rolling admissions, there is no deadline; instead, applications are evaluated on a continuous basis and the admissions process is closed as soon as the class is filled for a specific program.
  • Most institutions require standardized test scores (usually the SAT or the ACT). But, some U.S. schools are now test-optional, meaning they do not require applicants to send in standardized test scores.
  • Many schools require at least one letter of recommendation, whereas others do not require any.

Do not let the U.S. undergraduate admissions process confuse you! In this webinar, you will get advice on navigating different schools’ requirements. Plus, you will gain a better understanding of the application requirements that are unique to international students, including F-1 visa documentation, proof of English language proficiency, and evidence of financial ability.

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You will also learn about the following topics in this webinar:

  • the value of a U.S. degree
  • the advantages of studying in the U.S.
  • how to search for and choose schools
  • necessary application materials
  • application timelines and deadlines
  • common application mistakes
  • tips on improving your English proficiency
  • financial aid resources

For guidance on applying to undergraduate programs in the U.S., watch the full on-demand webinar.

WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in international education. We provide tools and advice for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, and immigration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.