So you'd love to study overseas, but it seems like studying internationally is something that other people do, right? Wrong, I am here to tell you that is not true! You can study overseas too, all you need is a little passion and time to read this article.
When thinking about studying in the USA, places like Harvard, Stanford and UCLA come to mind, and we all know that you need to have near perfect marks to get in. But that doesn't mean you need to say goodbye to your dreams of playing soccer at the University of Tampa.
Below are some of the requirements top USA colleges have. Just to recap; a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 4.0 means a student has received straight A's throughout high school. The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is out of 1600 points, and the ACT (American College Test) is a standardised test out of 36 points.
- GPA 4.0
- SAT 1540
- ACT 34
- GPA 3.9
- SAT 1520
- ACT 33
- GPA 4.0
- SAT 1520
- ACT 33
Yes, it's pretty obvious to see the better you do in school and on your tests, the easier it is to get into top universities. But remember these are averages, and it is possible to get into a top university without perfect academics.
If you aren't from the USA, you are probably thinking, "How is this possible?". Well, most international universities don't care about you, they only care about your academic results, but this is not the case in the USA. The US college system is the only system in the world that cares more about the type of person you are, rather than just your academic history.
USA Colleges want to see your passions, goals and if you have pushed yourself by choosing harder classes throughout school. They do this by looking at your report cards, application essays, extracurricular activities and your online presence.
For example, if you got a C in Biology in grade 9 and an A in History but chose to take Biology, and earned an A by the time you got to grade 12, you are the type of person top colleges want.
One of the critical parts of your USA College application is for you to show consistent hard work and improvement every year. Top colleges don't just want book-smart students at their school; they want people with drive and passion, so as long as you can show that you have pushed yourself, you've got a shot.
Don't let your dreams of traveling the world and getting an international degree pass you by. If you never apply, you will never know, so go on and take a shot!
Studying in the USA can sometimes seem like a fairytale. International students see USA colleges as something that only happens in the movies. From the Blind Side to the Social Network, these movies make it all seem too good to be true. In this series of blogs, I will walk you through what its like to study in the USA, what you can expect to pay and the marks you will need in the classroom.
Most students believe that USA colleges are too expensive, that they need straight A's and they need to be the next Elon Musk. Well, that is not true, and you will soon learn why.
Okay, so we know you have Googled the price of Harvard and other top USA universities, and yes on the surface, they are very expensive and super intimidating. But, It's important to note that these prices don't tell you the whole story. I will be filling in the gaps as we go, so don't panic just yet.
Studying at Harvard is reported to cost over $70,000 per year, while Stanford is around $65,000. These figures alone, deter 99% of prospective international students. The truth is these universities have billions of dollars in financial aid available, and if more international students spent time investigating these options, they would see a USA education is sometimes cheaper than studying at home.
Ivy League Colleges and other top institutions are "Need-Blind," meaning that their admissions policy judges applicants solely on their merits, irrespective of their ability to pay. Students receive financial aid based on how much money their families make, the more your family makes, the more you will pay. This ensures that they get the best talent in the world. In most countries, a private education is more expensive than a public education, but in the USA, private schools offer much more financial aid than their public school counterparts.
Here's a fun exercise! Click HERE to see how much you would pay if you were accepted into Harvard:.
We ran this exercise, and If your family makes $100,000 per year, you would only pay $8,000. That's almost a 90% discount to attend Harvard! Now you have seen that studying in the USA is not a fairytale, its time to make your dreams come true.