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FAQs Of Int'l Students Regarding College Selection In The United States

Ahmed315Ahmed315 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
edited October 2012 in International Students
Hello CC,

I'm Ahmed, an American living outside the United States. I once made a thread where I asked for a bunch of FAQs (which int'l students mostly come up with) regarding "Types Of Colleges In The United States" and "Application Deadlines" for our FAQ software project at EducationUSA and I got great help from b@r!um (I apologize if I spelled the member's name wrong). There's still a couple more topics we need to cover before we start working on software's technical stuff. I was reassigned to cover this topic - FAQs of int'ls regarding "Things To Consider While Selecting Colleges In The U.S." or "Facts/Issues To Consider While Making Your College List" (as an int'l/non U.S. citizen).

The deadline is approaching so I need to submit this as soon as possible. I would really appreciate it if you guys had given me as many FAQs as possible on this topic. I'm sure regular and senior CC members get a LOT of questions everyday. So, I figured this was the best place to ask.


The more FAQs the better.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. This software I'm talking about is mainly for int'l applicants'/non U.S. citizens' FAQs.
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Replies to: FAQs Of Int'l Students Regarding College Selection In The United States

  • Ahmed315Ahmed315 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Bump...anyone?
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,145 Senior Member
    I'll assume you are talking about choosing a university for an undergraduate program, because making a choice for graduate school is infinitely more complex.

    How do I evaluate the strength of my potential major(s) at a university?
    How would I evaluate the social atmosphere without visiting?
    How do I find out about the post-graduation outcomes of a particular university? (average starting salaries, unemployment rates of recent graduates, graduate school paths, etc)
    To what extent will the location or prestige of a university affect my career options after graduation, both in the US and at home?
    Should I be paying attention to housing options? (Would an international student struggle to secure a rent contract off campus?)
    What other factors should I be paying attention to? (a couple of examples: free tutoring, whether the dorms close during breaks, whether there's funding for unpaid summer internships or research on and/or off campus, whether there are established study abroad programs and whether there's financial support available for a study abroad, how helpful the career development office is, whether this university enrolls enough international students to be knowledgable about international student issues)

    And maybe most importantly:

    Are admissions offices a reliable source of information? (In most cases not!)
  • Ahmed315Ahmed315 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Yes, I'm talking about undergrad applicants' questions.

    Thanks again for your help and support, b@r!um.
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