I am in short, a clueless ninth grader, with a substantial dream. I really want to study medicine in the US, hopefully in Ivy League schools like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. I am a U.S. citizen currently living in India. I am a student in the CBSE board of education.

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

It’s great that you are starting to prepare this early for your dream. In order to have the best chance at getting a seat as a pre-med student at a top U.S. university, you will have to consider the following factors: Grades, Difficulty of Curriculum, Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Purpose and Supplementary Questions, and a possible Interview. You will want to take the most difficult course of studies that you can handle well. Try to maximize your sciences and math courses. Be sure to take Biology, Physics and Chemistry, in addition to as much Calculus as....View More

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Do American Universities visit India to talk about their admissions process? Where can I get more information on the schedule and how important is it for me to attend these?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

American Universities do visit India, many times in consortiums. For instance, Columbia, U Penn and Yale usually visit Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi as part of a consortium tour each fall. If you can go to these presentations, by all means do, and be sure to fill out a contact card. If your schedule or location do not allow it, try to send a note to the university you are interested in, to be in touch with their international rep. You can usually find the email of the international rep by going to the Admissions section or try searching for....View More

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What advice would you give to someone in high school who was thinking of applying to US colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Try to set yourself apart from your Indian classmates. Top U.S universities will require top grades and test scores and will expect you to take the most difficult courses that you can. The aspect that some Indian students fall short on is in extracurricular activities. To set yourself apart, try to obtain leadership positions in whatever organizations you are in. If you have a Model UN club, try to hold an officer position. If your high school does not have a model UN, consider what it would take to start one. Think outside the box in terms of initiating a....View More

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I'm currently studying in class 11 and I'm a bit confused about when I should be applying to the US colleges like MIT, Harvard and Stanford. I know that their application deadlines are generally during end of year. Should I be applying during my class 12 or after completing class 12?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

For U.S. colleges, you apply in the fall of your senior year. Early deadlines, both Early Action and Early Decision, generally occur in early November or your senior year. Regular Decision is generally at the beginning of January of your senior year. The most reliable place to find out actual deadlines is to check them on www.collegeboard.org. or from the college’s own website under the Admissions section. If you want to take a Gap Year, we still recommend that you apply during the fall of your senior year, and then defer. It is easier to get teacher recommendations and have....View More

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When should high school students start looking at colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

It’s never too early to start looking at what factors are important to you for your college years. Ask yourself carefully what is important to you: a certain program, geographical region, structured vs. open curriculum, school spirit, fraternity/sorority (Greek) system, and level of pressure. These are just a few aspects that will determine your best-fit college.Although it is very common, we do not recommend looking at colleges solely on the basis of rankings. Rankings are very easily manipulated, and have resulted in real problems in admission, as colleges try to make themselves look as selective as possibly, which gives them....View More

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I’m in 10th class. I want to go to the US and study. When should I take the SATs?

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Kriti Chawla Answered 6 months ago

You should take your first attempt in class 11th. Prepare well for it so that you don’t need another take. However, it is okay if you are not satisfied with your score and want to take another one. Most of the students take 2 attempts. Try getting done with your SATs by end of 12th class summer at the most.

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What is the best time to start preparing for SAT/ACT and essays?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

We usually suggest that SAT/ACT prep begin at the beginning of the junior year. There are tests available to determine whether the SAT or ACT is the best test for you, and if one is clearly preferred, then you will not have to split your time between the two tests. You can maximize your results by first determining which test is best for you, and then concentrating on that one test. Test scores generally get stronger the older you get, and so there is no reason to begin to test too early. Consider taking your first test in the spring....View More

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I want to study in the United States, but my English proficiency isn’t good enough yet. What can I do?

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Anupama Singh Answered 6 months ago

English is a second language for many students. Depending on your current grade level, make a specific plan for improving your English proficiency. The plan can range from seeking professional help, independent and self-directed learning with essay writing, speaking and listening drills. There are numerous resources and practice materials available. The plan really depends on what best suits your needs. 

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Is there any harm to take admission in Spring Sessions?

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Anupama Singh Answered 5 months ago

While autumn (Aug/Sept) is the traditional start of the academic year in the USA, there's nothing wrong with starting in the spring.  Sometimes colleges and universities will offer spring admission to students as they have space available at that time.  The only considerations are that the orientation and welcoming will not be as robust as the traditional start, but there should still be some kind of orientation program for you to attend.  Social groups can be formed so it may require you to push yourself a bit more to make friends. Housing on-campus may be an issue depending on the....View More

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I want to apply to the USA. Is there anything I need to know regarding the applications if I am new to all this? What advice would you give me regarding the process?

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Kriti Chawla Answered 6 months ago

Well, you should take the SAT or ACT by beginning of 12th class. Also, during 12th class summer, make sure the list of universities you want to apply to is ready. Then start doing the research and find out what all the specific universities require in particular (for eg., short essays, short Q&A, personal statements, AP scores, English proficiency scores (Toefl, IELTS etc), certificates etc.) Start working on building your profile and working on your extracurriculars and volunteer work by end of 12th summer. You also want to make sure you hold a leadership post in your school/ have a....View More

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What is the best time to start applying for the Ivy League Universities?

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

The deadline for EA/ED applications to Ivy League Universities is November 1st and the regular deadline is January 1st. I suggest that you apply early providing your standardized tests are completed and your results are in the range for  your universities. Furthermore,  it is essential that your grades have been consistently strong throughout high school and you have requested teacher and counselor  recommendations. The answer to your question is that you apply when you are ready and your application and essays are polished and ready to submit.  If you are applying to a school that is early decision (Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth,....View More

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The CSS Profile has two options: -> Apply for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 -> Apply for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 Which one is applicable for me? I'm a normal Class of '23 applicant (i.e. in 12th grade).

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Anupama Singh Answered 22 days ago

If you expect to start at a US university in autumn of 2019 which is Aug/Sept 2019 (the normal intake after this year's 12th std class ends in June), then apply for fall 2019.

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