<p>The questions that seem to come up most frequently on CC are:</p>
<li><p>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?</p></li>
<li><p>"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?</p></li>
<p>But back to the topic you actually wanted to write about.</p>
"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?</p>
"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?</p>