FAQs Of Int'l Applicants

<p>Hello,</p>

<p>I'm Ahmed Eraj, an American citizen living in Bangladesh. Today, instead of demanding answers from you guys, I'll need your help collecting QUESTIONS. That's right. </p>

<p>Here's the thing - I'm a volunteer at the American Center (EducationUSA) here in Bangladesh. Me and a couple of my volunteer friends have been thinking of creating an FAQ "Click-Show" software which will have the answers to international students’ queries who're willing to study in the United States. Well, my friend Intekhab Hossain is the one who came up with the plan. I'm just a part of it. As a part of this little project, I've been assigned to type a whole list of FAQs related to the sections "Types Of Colleges In The United States" and "Application Deadlines (RD/EA/ED)". </p>

<p>What I'm looking for now are the most commonly and frequently asked questions which we hear from international applicants every now and then regarding "Types Of Colleges In The United States" and "Application Deadlines (RD/EA/ED)".</p>

<p>If you have any contributions to make, please go ahead. All of your inputs will be highly appreciated.</p>

<p>Thank you</p>

<p>Remember to cross-check any suggestions.</p>

<p>Also: for the love of God, do not put your full name on the internet. ;)</p>

<p>FA for internationals is one that comes up on here so many times so maybe if all the info was in one place people would stop asking it!</p>

<p>The questions that seem to come up most frequently on CC are:</p>

<ul>
<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>
</ul>

<p>But back to the topic you actually wanted to write about.</p>

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"Types Of Colleges In The United States"

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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>

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"Application Deadlines (RD/EA/ED)"

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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>

<p>@Sombre Sorry, I was being stupid again. My bad. And yes, I'll check.</p>

<p>@ohitskayleigh I know what you mean. Our head adviser Mrs. Jahan, gets a headache every now and then because of all these FAQs. Some of the typical Bangladeshi students come up to her who never knew nothing about America or American education and the first thing they ask her is "Yo, how do we get a visa to USA?", and naturally she gets ****ed and goes "A VISA?!? Are you kidding me?!? Do you even know what the SATs are?!?!? Do you even know if you'll get accepted?" She has to answer some of their random questions and they can't even make up their minds about studying in the USA. "We're not sure" - that's what they say. I tell them to go home and come back when they ARE sure! Sheesh!</p>

<p>@ b@r!um</p>

<p>Thank you very much for the list of FAQs. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. If I can get this list done and then combine it with all the other group members' FAQs, we'll be able to get this software done within mid October. It will take that long since my other friends will be busy with their SATs.</p>

<p>I know this is off topic but I have a question and need some help regarding something else too. I'm willing to apply as a freshman at TC3 and I really want to transfer to Cornell after one or two years. I just wanted to know - if someone gets accepted at Cornell's CALS, can he or she study Applied Economics and Managements and also major or minor in East Asian languages like Mandarin Chinese or Japanese? Can a student at least take classes in either language?</p>

<p>Thank you</p>

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I'm willing to apply as a freshman at TC3 and I really want to transfer to Cornell after one or two years. I just wanted to know - if someone gets accepted at Cornell's CALS, can he or she study Applied Economics and Managements and also major or minor in East Asian languages like Mandarin Chinese or Japanese? Can a student at least take classes in either language?

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Yes, Cornell students can take courses across the university. However, in order to graduate from CALS, at least 55 credits need to be taken at CALS. The more transfer credits you have, the fewer courses you'll be able to take outside of CALS without postponing graduation. </p>

<p>Graduation</a> Requirements - Cornell University
Language</a> Study at Cornell - Cornell University</p>