Study in USA - Complete Overview

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert


Why study in the USA?

The United States is the best location for students to pursue their higher education because of its diversity and world-class educational institutions and facilities available.If you have chosen to study in the United States, you do not need to defend your choice of destination country because the United States is generally recognised as the best study abroad destination.In comparison to every other nation in the world, the United States provides a wide variety of higher education opportunities. 

With so many learning paths, no matter what your skill level or goals are, there will be a course that is just right for you. Many universities often modify a few of their courses to suit the demands of foreign students. Also, the United States is a multiracial country, making it a perpetual melting pot of races and cultures; an opportunity that can expand your outlook.

The colleges also provide extracurricular programmes that provide students with a diverse variety of opportunities in addition to their studies. Outdoor education and other recreational opportunities are accessible through music, theatre, scientific, and literary societies at universities. 

The education system of the US focuses on a student’s holistic development and ensures that a foreign student’s stay here is enriching and life changing.

Programs to fit your needs

The United States offers various options for higher education in comparison to any other country in the world. Many of the universities customize some of their courses for international students as well.

The education system in the USA

The students, who are seeking to pursue their higher studies in the US, usually get surprised after knowing that there is no educational system in the US. The Federal government can influence education only by the funding, on a limited scale.

There is no national high school graduation unlike CBSE board examinations in India. 

However, there’re mandatory state graduation examinations. Students have a wide range of options at the higher education level. The admitted students’ GPA* is significant, but so are the majors offered, the venue, the number of students enrolled, and the campus culture, all of which influence a prospective student’s decision. 

There are several types of colleges present in the US on the basis of funding they receive. Some colleges and universities are supported by the government, while others are supported by the private sector. Another major type of segregation that occurs in the US college system is on the basis of type of identity of the college. The major types are:

1. State School/college/University – The United States is divided into 50 states, each of which operates at least one university or college to provide affordable higher education to students. These universities are funded by their respective state governments and have cutting-edge facilities.

2. Private university/college – These institutions are privately owned and are considered more expensive than public schools.

3. Community Colleges – Community colleges provide transferable two-year certificates or associate degrees. In most cases, community college graduates move to universities or four-year colleges to finish their education. They are permitted to transfer credits received at a community college. Community colleges have ESL classes and other services that prepare students for university study.

4. Technology Institutes – These are the institutes that offer four-year science and technology programmes.

(*GPA means grade point average). 

Popular student destinations

The top universities in the US are Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University (in no particular order). The area of New England on the east coast of the US is the center of all its renowned academic institutes. Most of the best colleges in the country are situated in cities like Boston, New York, Cambridge, New Haven. Approximately, 1,86,000 Indian students were studying in the US during the academic year 2017-18. Business Management, Computer Science, Finance and Accounting, Economics, Communications/Media, Physical and Life Sciences are the popular courses Indian students pursue in the US.

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