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A few questions about US Universities

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    I'm currently in sixth form and I'm awaiting my AS results. I'm not even completely sure about how good the'll be, but I'm not expecting anything better than ABB. I've been considering going to study in the US because, from what I've read, it seems like it suits me better than the UK.

    1) I take mostly mathematics-oriented subjects. In the UK, that would make it more difficult to study in another field (e.g. history). Is this the same with the US? Will I have to major in that area or will I get to choose whatever I like?

    2) I don't take many extra curricular activities, but I don't want to apply for any Ivies. Would my lack of extra curricular activities hinder my application for any university?

    3) Is it even worth it to study in the US if I'm not going to their best schools? I'm not expecting anything better than ABB but I think that I can get 30+ in the ACT after some diagnosis. Would it be worth it?

    In the US, there is no problem at studying history if your A-levels were maths oriented, but it could be a little difficult going the other way. You need some maths and physics and so on to study engineering and the like. However, at ordinary schools, you can study what would be A-level material in college.

    Is it worth it? Probably not, if you have to pay a lot of money to go to the same sort of mediocre schools you could have gotten into at home.

    (Original post by brbrbrh)
    Would it be worth it?
    Hi there,

    Everything depends massively on something else. The main barrier for most people is the cost.

    To debunk a popular myth, it's not the school that gets you the job, it's your degree and your experience throughout university. Sure, Ivy league schools and the like have a lot of prestige, but graduating bottom of your class from Harvard looks far worse than graduating top of your class from a rank 100 school. Don't just think about the universities, think about the degree programs, the cities and surroundings, what else they offer.

    In the US, your first two years are incredibly broad as you take general education classes. Many students can be accepted as an undeclared major - you decide what you want to study during your second year. This allows you more flexibility in the degree you want to pursue.

    Extra-curriculars of any kind will help your chances for any university. The typical ones are volunteering, demonstrable leadership skills, project work, and a diverse background.

    Would it be worth it? No one can really answer this. As I said at the start, the cost is the main issue for most people. Think about what you'd gain from the US that you wouldn't gain from the UK, or vice versa.

    Hope this helps,

    Undergraduate Rep
    School of Engineering
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