USA - Complete Study Abroad Admission Process

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert


It is undeniably difficult to apply to a university or college in the United States. Keeping track of admission deadlines, selecting the best institution, planning for standardised tests, and receiving letters of recommendation can all be daunting.

Three times a year, students may apply to various courses and universities in the United States. It is up to the students to decide which enrollment period they choose to participate in:

Applications for Fall Semester 

  • The semester lasts from late August to December or early January.

  • Many programs are only available in the fall semester.

  • During this semester, there are several scholarships and career openings available.

Applications for Spring Semester 

  • The spring semester runs from January to early May.

  • That is less than the fall semester and it begins later.

  • Many internships and positions require prior experience, which most spring candidates lack.

Applications for Summer Semester 

  • The summer semester is the shortest of all the semesters.

  • It takes place from June to July.

  • This semester has several unique activities, as well as a large number of grants for study in the United States.

  • ACT / SAT scorecard

  • Official Transcripts issued by previous school or college.

  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation from teachers or professors.

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)

  • Proof of funds availability for 1 year of tuition fee.

  • Other document

How can I apply to the best colleges in the United States?

The application process should begin 1.5 years prior to the enrollment date. Students begin studying for undergraduate enrollment in the winters of their 11th grade year.

Students may register for undergraduate programmes via the Popular Application Platform, which is used by 450 colleges throughout the United States.

The application is for the university as a whole, not for a single department. The area of study will be decided after the admission.

Application Timeline to Study in the U.S.A


Contact colleges for application and financial assistance forms, as well as to apply for standardised tests such as the TOEFL, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and others.

September- December

Reduce the number of schools you’re considering. Make arrangements for official transcripts and letters of recommendation to be sent to you. Take the standardised examinations and submit the completed application forms.

January- April

University deadlines vary depending on the school. Ensure that all milestones are reached. Daily enrollment deadlines dropped in January. Early admission dates are approaching.

April- May

At this time, you should have earned your acceptance or rejection letters. Notify the university where you accepted the bid. Fill out the admissions applications and return them. Send letters of regret to colleges that you have been rejected by.

May- June 

Organize your financial resources. Enable provisions for money to be transferred to accounts in the United States. Contact the university to finalise the housing arrangements and health plans.

 Post offer acceptance

Fill out SEVIS form I-901 with the information from your Form I-20 or DS-160 and pay the $200 SEVIS bill. Apply for a Visa at the nearest US embassy after getting the invoice receipt. This should be completed 120 days prior to your scheduled trip to the United States.

Inform the university’s foreign student office of your arrival arrangements, and clarify the dates of any incoming student orientations held by the university.

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