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Has anyone tried or imvestigated applying to a University in the USA? Any tips of helpful advice would be much appreciated :-)
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All I know is:

You have to take the American SAT, which could be a hassle.
Except Yale, which will accept Alevels, see: http://www.yale.edu/admit/international/index.html

It's very hard to get financial suppot for such a thing, so unless you're loaded, or know of some scheme, it's not really possible.
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i think u have to do SAT for all colleges......but u are able to substitue COMPLETED OFFICIAL A level results for SAt2....so to do this u would have to do a gap year as u get your results in june...and they need to be have been recieved by feb........the SAT are not to bad....a score of about 1400 is good for international candidates with straight As at A level.....sat2 subject tests arent hard if u do A levels in those subject areas....i wouldnt recommend what i did which was to just try and do them with no preperation......coz then u end up with **** scores.....most unis require 3 sat2....with one in either Enlish writing or History.........and one in either Maths IICand Maths IC....the IIC is harder and is only important when pursuing engineering courses.....the other sat2 usually has to be a science......

btw i have applied to 5 unis in the US.....after doing satI and sat2 in writing, maths IC and chem.....
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i think u have to do SAT for all colleges......but u are able to substitue COMPLETED OFFICIAL A level results for SAt2....so to do this u would have to do a gap year as u get your results in june...and they need to be have been recieved by feb........the SAT are not to bad....a score of about 1400 is good for international candidates with straight As at A level.....sat2 subject tests arent hard if u do A levels in those subject areas....i wouldnt recommend what i did which was to just try and do them with no preperation......coz then u end up with **** scores.....most unis require 3 sat2....with one in either Enlish writing or History.........and one in either Maths IICand Maths IC....the IIC is harder and is only important when pursuing engineering courses.....the other sat2 usually has to be a science......

btw i have applied to 5 unis in the US.....after doing satI and sat2 in writing, maths IC and chem.....
Which unis?
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Which unis?
NYU....upenn......MIT.....columb ia....and michigan...
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NYU....upenn......MIT.....columb ia....and michigan...
Cool, any news?

Good luck.
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Cool, any news?

Good luck.
nope.....the deadline was 1st for MIT UPENN and columbia....i sent NYU application yesterday and still have michigan to send...deaadline is 1st of feb.........i think i will get my decisions on 1st of may......thanx....
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hi =) I also applied to several universities in US. yes, i guess SAT 1 is required. It has 2 sections, math (which is very easy) and verbal (it tests your vocabs and reading skills). SAT 2's are usually required by the more competitive schools.

matouwah: i also applied to MIT and columbia! not sure if i can get in though.. Especially for MIT, i guess i just applied there for fun. What major are you thinking of?
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hi =) I also applied to several universities in US. yes, i guess SAT 1 is required. It has 2 sections, math (which is very easy) and verbal (it tests your vocabs and reading skills). SAT 2's are usually required by the more competitive schools.

matouwah: i also applied to MIT and columbia! not sure if i can get in though.. Especially for MIT, i guess i just applied there for fun. What major are you thinking of?
yeah.....i wont get into Upenn, MIT or columbia....i am hoping for michigan...i plan to do a double major in engineering and economics.......how were your SAT and SAT2 scores?
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my highest sat 1 math is 780, verbal 630. i had 790's in physics and math, and 700's in chem and writing; how about you?
(Original post by matouwah)
yeah.....i wont get into Upenn, MIT or columbia....i am hoping for michigan...i plan to do a double major in engineering and economics.......how were your SAT and SAT2 scores?
(but... let's hope we can get in!)
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my highest sat 1 math is 780, verbal 630. i had 790's in physics and math, and 700's in chem and writing; how about you?

(but... let's hope we can get in!)
700 in math and 630 in eng for sat1........720 in chem...and uhmm 680 in maths IC.....and i will leave out my sat2 writing score....lets hope they look at my a levels a bit more than my sat1 and sat2 scores...what are u predicted for IBs?
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There is a similar forum to this one, but for Americans on this website which wass very very helpful to me when I was thinking about applying.
http://www.collegeconfidential.com

There is also an English organisation with a lot of information which is there to help English people apply to American colleges. There is a place in london which a libruary and info, and you can meet the people for free help. There is also a lot of information on their website: http://www.fulbright.co.uk/eas/study...ate/index.html [you'd better use it because I spent aggggeeesss trying to find that site again] And you can email or phone them and they will answer any question you have.

Hope that helps
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does it cost a lot to go to an american uni or is ther sum kind of grant scheme about?
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(Original post by matouwah)
NYU....upenn......MIT.....columb ia....and michigan...

I have a friend that applied to Columbia, Michigan and NYU!!! She hated having to do all the admin.
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I was thinking about it, but I wanted to be a university student rather than a university employee (I would have had to go on a tennis scholarship to pay for it). I think liberal arts does suit some people more though, it all depends on what you from uni life I think.
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I have a friend that applied to Columbia, Michigan and NYU!!! She hated having to do all the admin.
yeah......it's a lot of work
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yeah... US schools are really expensive Most of the good schools' tuition fees are around $20,000 to $30,000 per year (can be up to $50,000 including travel, etc [according to my parents ]). it's harder to get a financial aid for international students (...it's harder to get accepted if you want financial aids).

matouwah: 6/7 for HL chem, 6/7 for HL maths, but i dont know about my other subjects. I'm not taking full diploma though, just certificates.

just to add to emma_'s links... www.princetonreview.com is also quite useful. they also have a forum: discuss.princetonreview.com (sometimes the people there talk about unrelated stuff though)

what i find 'annoying' about US schools is that they all have their own applications and personal statement questions. although there is a 'common application', each school still has a different supplementary form.

=)
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Can someone summarise how you would go about applying to the university rather than giving a link plz. Any info would be much appreciated.
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Has anyone tried or imvestigated applying to a University in the USA? Any tips of helpful advice would be much appreciated :-)
Americans hold Oxbridge extremely highly, perhaps more highly than Harvard.

This can be summarised in an amusing quote from an episode of Frasier:

Clint Webber: Harvard? Wow! I was dying to go to Harvard.
Frasier: Well, I'm sure the school you went to was just as good.
Clint: I went to Oxford.
Frasier: Oh, well, even better.


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Americans hold Oxbridge extremely highly, perhaps more highly than Harvard.
This can be summarised in an amusing quote from an episode of Frasier:
Clint Webber: Harvard? Wow! I was dying to go to Harvard.
Frasier: Well, I'm sure the school you went to was just as good.
Clint: I went to Oxford.
Frasier: Oh, well, even better.
J.
Hee, I love Frasier. But I read somewhere that American's are usually more impressed with Oxford than Cambridge, because of Rhodes scholars, and because they think of Cambridge in Massachusettes when people say Cambridge. ( :mad: ... someone should tell them it's easily as good as Oxford!)

There was an article today in the Times about how Ivy League Universities are now attracting more students from over here. If you're interested, go to http://www.timesonline.co.uk and search for 'Ivy League' then pick the first story listed.
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