Admission Requirements for US colleges and universities

The admission requirements depend on the field, level of education and the University that you are applying.

In this section, we discuss the typical admission requirements of the US Colleges / Universities as well as address some of the frequenlty asked questions.


Typical Admission Requirements

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FAQ's

My country follows a 12 + 3 education pattern. Can I still apply for the Graduate (Masters) programs in the US?

Do all the Colleges / Universities in the US require tests such as TOEFL / SAT / GRE / GMAT?

What is provisional admission?


Typical Admission Requirements:


Undergraduate degree (Bachelors) programs

For Undergraduate (Bachelors) programs, you will need to have at least 10 + 2 level of education (grade 1 to 12 or 12 years of education from elementary school until high school). You will be required to appear for TOEFL and SAT exams.

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Graduate degree (Masters) programs

For Graduate programs, you will need to have at least 12 + 4 level of education. If you are applying for Science or Engineering related (Master of Science) program, then you will be required to appear for TOEFL and GRE exams. If you are applying for Business related (MBA, MIS) program, then you will be required to appear for TOEFL and GMAT exams. Sometime MBA / MIS programs require students to appear for the Subject GRE exam, however, this is very rare.

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PhD programs

For PhD (Doctor of Philophy) programs, you will need to have at least 12 + 4 level of education. Some universities also require you to have a relevant work experience. You will be required to appear for TOEFL and GRE or GMAT exams. Admissions in PhD programs also depend on your research interests and past industrial or research experiences.

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Post Doctoral and Visiting Scholar programs

For Post Doctoral and Visiting Scholar programs, you will need to have a at least a PhD and / or relevant industrial or research experience. In these programs, students typically assist Professors in their ongoing research. In most cases, you will have to contact the Professors directly for admission into this program.

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My country follows a 12 + 3 education pattern. Can I still apply for the Graduate programs in the US?

Some Asian and European countries follow 12 + 3 education pattern. Students in these countries should complete atleast one year of Masters program in their home country (12 + 3 + 1) before applying for the Masters program in the US.

These days, some Universities have started admitting students from the 12 + 3 level. However, the admitted students are required to complete a set of foundation courses before they can formally start the Masters program. Please check with respective universities regarding this issue as each university has different policies. Some universities also require you to have a relevant work experience. The length of the work experience required varies for each university.

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Do all the Colleges / Universities in the US require tests such as TOEFL / SAT / GRE / GMAT?

Every College / University in the US has its own admission policy. Most Universities require that you appear for exams such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. However, some universities waive these exams. For example, if you are coming from an English speaking country such as UK or Australia, then you might be waived from taking the TOEFL exam. Similarly, some private universities waive GRE / GMAT exams. You will have to check with individual universities for their waiver policy.

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What is provisional admission?

Some universities give provisional (temporary) admission under certain circumstances. For example, even if you did not do well in your admission exam (TOEFL / SAT / GRE / GMAT), some universities might give you admission and allow you to take classes. However, you are required to re-take the admission exam within a certain period of time
In another case, for instance you already completed all the requirement for a bachelor degree. However, your degree will not be declared for another 2 - 3 months. In the meantime, the masters program will start in between the period you complete your study and your degree declaration. In this case, yo may also be granted a provisional admission, provided that you can proof that you will get the degree in 2 - 3 months.

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