The questions that seem to come up most frequently on CC are:
- About financing options. Which colleges award need-based, academic or athletic scholarships to international students? How do I finance a graduate degree in ___? Do any banks give significant loans to students from my country who want to study in the US?
- "What are my chances?" What kind of academic profile, extra-curricular accomplishment and test scores do I need to be competitive at colleges of a given selectivity range? How does applying for financial aid change the picture?
But back to the topic you actually wanted to write about.
"Types Of Colleges In The United States"
What's the difference between public and private universities? Is one better and/or cheaper than the other? Are for-profit universities legitimate? What's up with religiously affiliated universities - are they only nominally affiliated with a church or super religious or what? Do I need to be a member of a particular religion to attend a religiously affiliated university? What is a liberal arts education? What is a residential college? What are the advantages and disadvantages of attending a small college vs a big university? What should I expect from specialized institutions vs studying the same subject at a general university? (e.g. conservatories vs music majors at a general university) What is a community college? Is the selectivity of the university reflected in the education I will receive? Are all college degrees recognized in my home country? (e.g. is a US teaching credential of any use at home? what about Associate's degrees?) What does it mean for a college to be accredited? Does accreditation matter?
"Application Deadlines (RD/EA/ED)"
Can I apply ED to several universities? (e.g. some universities have two rounds of ED and it would be legitimate to apply ED 2 to one university after getting rejected in the ED 1 round at another. But what if one university has two ED rounds and another university a single ED round? Is there a way to apply ED to both?) Can I apply EA to as many colleges as I want? (what about single choice EA?) Do all of my materials need to be received by the application deadline, or is the deadline just for the main application? What if I mail my application - does it need to be postmarked or received by the application deadline? How long before the application deadline do I need to take my SAT or TOEFL so that the scores will reach the university in time? Do I need to finish my high school degree before I submit my application? I missed the December/January application deadlines at the more prominent universities; can I still study in the US in the fall? Or: it's late March and I just found out that I got rejected everywhere I applied. But I really want to study in the US next fall. What are my options?