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    (Original post by wishingpixie)
    Well I was actually referred to the Fulbright Commission website by a visitor that visited my secondary school a year or so ago. From this I was able to do a lot of research into the differences between the universities as well as the application process. I personally found their USA college day to be really helpful, for there were dozens of different university representatives there that I was able to speak to. It was then a case of undertaking a lot of personal research and creating a spreadsheet to present all of the information needed. I then colour-coded this based on what I was looking for out of a university, so graduation rates, financial aid, health insurance, location etc. I've now registered to the common app, a website many of the universities use, and have begun building my application, for I am applying early action to all of my choices so that I have plenty of time to organise things. Finally, I have been looking into outside sources of financial aid to help fund my studies.

    Websites I've found helpful are:

    Fulbright commission, collegeboard, Princeton review, collegedata.

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    Great wishingpixie!! I forgot to mention the Princeton review has been also helpful to me. I really like their SAT subject prep books
    I have also registered to the common app a few days ago. What unis are you applying to?

    Goshen, Hampshire, Wooster and Kalamazoo. There all in the Northeast!

    I'm not applying for unis but I did have to take the SAT reasoning in year 11 for entrance to a summer school and got a 2100. My only advice for it is revise GCSE stuff! Almost all of the maths apart from some modulus questions is covered in GCSE maths. The essay is the biggest pain in the ass, you need to read a LOT of SAT essays to get a grip on them and remember your American spellings! Also helps to regurgitate a dictionary on your essay, by the look of high scoring examples.

    Also be sure to check out the US News and World Report university and liberal arts college rankings. Of course, rankings only tell you so much (and they are not subject-specific), but, if you need to get a sense for which unis are out there, this is one place to look.

    US News Current Top 10 Universities:
    1 - Harvard
    1 - Princeton
    3 - Yale
    4 - Columbia
    4 - University of Chicago
    6 - MIT
    6 - Stanford
    8 - Duke
    8 - University of Pennsylvania
    10 - California Institute of Technology


    US News Current Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges:
    1 - Williams
    2 - Amherst
    3 - Swarthmore
    4 - Middlebury
    4 - Pomona
    6 - Bowdoin
    6 - Wellesley (women only)
    8 - Carleton
    9 - Haverford
    10 - Claremont McKenna

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