The first step to apply for a university is to fill the online application from that University website. If online application is not available for a particular university then download paper application from the university’s website.
Once you have decided the university/college you wish to apply to, visit their website and order a free prospectus or “view book”. This will be so helpful.
There are three modes of applications: Early Decision/Early Action; Regular Decision; and Rolling Admissions. Irrespective of the mode, start the application process at least a year before the deadline. Early Decision is to decide about the university you want to join in.
The difference between Early Action and Early Decision is that Early Decision demands a binding commitment to enroll; that means, if a student secures an admission under an early decision program the candidate must withdraw all other universities and colleges which he/she had applied earlier and enrolls at that institute, whereas early action does not require binding. Also, under Early Decision students can only apply to one university whereas Early Action usually allows students to apply to several universities. Some universities like Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford also have Single-Choice Early Action. Students who apply for these universities need not be bounded to these particular universities, even if accepted.
The advantage of applying under Early Action or Early Decision is that you have a greater chance of admission. But majority of students apply for Regular Decision phase. The deadline for this will be around 1st January and an admissions decision is made by April 1st.
The candidate can apply through the Common Application (Common App) or through a University’s own application. Following are the required documents: Educational Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
Passport Photostat first and last pages Photographs Work Experience letter if applicable Any other qualification certificates or extracurricular activities certificates (Attested by Graduation College in a sealed envelope) For Architecture & Fashion Design a Portfolio or the Project report is required.
Note: Two set of documents are required per University one for Admission & other for Scholarship & all documents should be submitted in separate envelops.
University Selection Criteria
1. Admission Requirements
2. Offering courses
4. Tuition Fee
5. Possibility of assistantship
6. Rate of acceptance
Below is the application procedure for Universities:
1. Application Form
2. Application Fee
3. Departmental forms
4. Supplemental forms
5. Mailing Documents
6. Application Material
7. Follow up of the application status