Application Packet for applying to US colleges / universities



An Application Packet is a set of documents that you have to submit when you apply for admission.

It is extremely important to send all the required admission documents. If a particular document is missing, you may be denied admission to that College / University.

In this section, we discuss about the list of documents that should accompany your application for admission to the US college / University.


Application Check List

Application Tips

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Application Check List

Below is the general list of documents that most colleges / universities will ask you to enclose in your application packet :

However, each college / university has its own Application Check List for admission purposes. Please check with your intended college / university for the detailed / complete application list. You can get the list from the their web site or you can email and request the institution ’s admission office to mail the forms / list to you. You can also request for information brochures and forms on-line through the college / university's web site.

Note that, the US government requires your name on documents such as application form, academic records, or any other documents be the same as that on your passport. In case the names differ, then you should provide evidence of name change, such as marriage certificate or a notarized name change certificate.

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Application Form

You can download and print the application form from the college / university's web site, or you can email and request the institution’s admission office to mail the form to you.

Make sure that you fill the application forms completely and accurately. It is wise to ask somebody else who is more experienced than you to proof read your application. It is also a good idea to fill it out first with pencil and then fill it with ink after it is proof read.

Many colleges / universities now provide the option of on-line applications. This allows you to fill up important information and submit the form through the internet. You can then mail the other required documents to the college / university's admission office.

The online application’s advantage is that your application will reach the university sooner than via mail. This is especially important if you are pressed by a deadline. You can then send the other documents (transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.) via post. However, you will have to be really careful when you fill out your application online. Once you hit the submit button, it may be hard to make a correction. However, sometimes, you may be able to go back and edit your application. Please make sure that you read the terms and conditions of applying online.

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Application Fees

Most colleges / universities charge a certain non-refundable application fees for processing your application. You will have to send the application fees along with your application packet. Each college / university sets its own application fee and the amount may change from semester to semester. The application fees usually range from $25 to $100. Please note that this amount may change from one semester to another.

Do not forget to send the application fees. If you don't send the exact amount of the application fees, your application will not be processed. US colleges / universities are very strict about this. The college / university will not consider your application until it receives the application fee.

You can send a check or money order payable to the University along with your application packet. However, in most cases, international students apply from outside the US. If this is the case, you should check with the university officials whether they accept check from abroad. Some Universities that accept online applications, normally also accept online payment via credit or debit cards.

We suggest that you check with the College / University's admissions office for more detailed information, such as whose name should the check be payable to, what banks are acceptable, etc.

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Application Tips

  • Apply early before the application deadlines. If your application arrives late, you may not be considered for the semester that you applied for. Instead, you may be considered for the admission of the following semester.

  • Fill out all the forms and applications correctly and accurately. Please proof read your application. It is wise to ask someone else who is more experienced than you to proof read your application. It is also a good idea to fill it out first with pencil and then fill it out later with ink after it is proof read.

  • Make sure you have included all the documents required in the Application Check List provided by your college / university.

  • The US government requires your name on documents such as application form, academic records, or any other documents be the same as that on your passport. In case the names differ, then you should provide evidence of name change, such as marriage certificate or a notarized name change certificate.

  • Prepare well for any supporting tests that you are required to take.  If necessary, enroll in a preparatory course before you sit any test.

  • Choose the people who write your letters of recommendation very carefully.  They should know you and be able to talk about your strengths in detail

  • Put all required documents in an organized file.

  • Send the application packet in a water proof envelope via a trusted international mail delivery company.

  • Make sure that you send the envelope to the correct person / address provided in the application document or the check list. If no address is provided on those documents, please check with the college / university's admission office of your intended universities / colleges for the correct address.

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