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Part 5: Time to Make a List - 2001-09-10


We have already explained how to begin your search at an education advising center. And we told about studying online by computer. Now, it is time to make a list of American colleges and universities that most interest you.


Be sure to choose more than one college. Directors of foreign student admissions at American colleges say each student should apply to at least three schools.

First, you must get applications from the colleges. An application is a form you must complete if you are asking the college to admit you as a student. You should request applications at least eighteen months before you want to begin studying in the United States.

You can find the address of the admissions office in the catalog of each college. A catalog is a book that tells all about the school. You can also find such information on the college’s Web page on the Internet computer system.

For example, the Ohio State University provides application forms on its Web pages. You can answer all the questions on the computer and e-mail the application directly to the university. Or you can copy the application forms to your computer, print them, complete the questions and mail them. Or, you can fill out a computer form to ask the university to send you an application in the mail. If you cannot use a computer at all, write a letter to the address given in the catalog. Ask the college to send you the international admission application. Write the letter clearly. List the schools you have attended, and any degrees you already have. Explain what you want to study and what degree you are seeking. Explain when you want to begin studying.

You will receive a letter or application from each school. Complete the application and send it back. Then you must wait until the college makes its decision.