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tinykatiel
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im in the Uk and would love to apply to uni in USA can anyone tell me what i need to do (in detail) and stuff about sats etc also im not an A student will that mean i cant apply? please help!
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Firstly, that's a great decision to make and I'm sure if you put in the work you can make it happen!

This is something I very seriously considered at one point, I did apply but ended up staying in the UK for my BSc. There are many, many different universities in the USA, so you will need to research and narrow it down to a few you like. Perhaps start by considering which area you would like to live in?

You do not need straight As to be offered a place; you may not be able to get into an Ivy League institution, but there are so many others with lower entry requirements. You need to book to take the SAT I plus maybe one or two SAT IIs (which ones depends on which subject you'd like to study, as well as which A levels you are doing). Buy the official revision books online and do as much practice as you can. Your score will probably be the most considered aspect of your application; so look for uni's that will offer places to people with the sort of score you get. Do this as soon as you can, as studies have shown a big improvement for many students if it is taken more than once. I did mine when I was 16. But your other qualifications from school will also be considered, so work as hard as you can!

The vast majority of universities accept applications through the Common App (bit like UCAS). Unlike in the UK, you are given a definite answer just after the application deadline so it will be based on predicted A level results, as well as your actual SAT results. There is no facility for clearing or adjustment like there is here.

Finally speak to your parents and ask how much they can afford to pay for you to go there. A university eduction in the USA is generally much more expensive than in the UK, plus you won't be eligible for loans or federal help. It can cost $50,000-70,000 a year or more to attend the top universities but many of these places will have a small pool of money to help international students who can't afford the full fees so look into this as well if you think you will struggle to afford it.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions as I know the process in and out!
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Firstly, that's a great decision to make and I'm sure if you put in the work you can make it happen!

This is something I very seriously considered at one point, I did apply but ended up staying in the UK for my BSc. There are many, many different universities in the USA, so you will need to research and narrow it down to a few you like. Perhaps start by considering which area you would like to live in?

You do not need straight As to be offered a place; you may not be able to get into an Ivy League institution, but there are so many others with lower entry requirements. You need to book to take the SAT I plus maybe one or two SAT IIs (which ones depends on which subject you'd like to study, as well as which A levels you are doing). Buy the official revision books online and do as much practice as you can. Your score will probably be the most considered aspect of your application; so look for uni's that will offer places to people with the sort of score you get. Do this as soon as you can, as studies have shown a big improvement for many students if it is taken more than once. I did mine when I was 16. But your other qualifications from school will also be considered, so work as hard as you can!

The vast majority of universities accept applications through the Common App (bit like UCAS). Unlike in the UK, you are given a definite answer just after the application deadline so it will be based on predicted A level results, as well as your actual SAT results. There is no facility for clearing or adjustment like there is here.

Finally speak to your parents and ask how much they can afford to pay for you to go there. A university eduction in the USA is generally much more expensive than in the UK, plus you won't be eligible for loans or federal help. It can cost $50,000-70,000 a year or more to attend the top universities but many of these places will have a small pool of money to help international students who can't afford the full fees so look into this as well if you think you will struggle to afford it.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions as I know the process in and out!
okay i have no idea what i want to study i just want to go to uni that why one of my teachers suggested i look at it also i dont have a great deal of money so is there funds and are SATs hard and are they free and what about housing over there whens a good time to start all of this i just need help for the whole process aha! thanks so much for your helpful reply im researching like crazy right now!
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okay i have no idea what i want to study i just want to go to uni that why one of my teachers suggested i look at it also i dont have a great deal of money so is there funds and are SATs hard and are they free and what about housing over there whens a good time to start all of this i just need help for the whole process aha! thanks so much for your helpful reply im researching like crazy right now!
How old are you? It would be very helpful if you had some idea of what you would like to study before you start thinking about which universities to apply to or doing SATs. Are you doing A levels yet? What is it that attracts you to going to university in general? All I'm saying is; don't go just for the sake of it, doing a degree is really hard, and you will need a lot of passion for the subject to do well. But if you're still at secondary school, you still have time to discover what you love so don't worry!

As far as funding goes, I don't know too much about it (my parents were able to pay for me to go) but most places do have some sort money available to support international students. Each institution will have its own policies about this which you can find on their website. So when you've found some places you like to look of, have a look at this and decide if you could potentially afford to go there. But you will need money from your parents as well so let them know this is something you'd like to do and ask how much they could save for you. Also look at working part time while you're studying and just save what you can.

SATs aren't free but the SAT I is only about £40 (depends on the exchange rate) and a bit less per SAT II. You can only take it at certain locations, this informantion is on their website, but be prepared to travel a bit. The SAT I especially isn't hard, but it's a bit different to exams over here (which are often knowledge based). It's designed to test basic skills such as simple maths, reading and writing. If you practice for it I'm sure you will do fine. The SAT IIs are more specialised, but should again be no problem for an A level student.

The vast majority of students live on campus in university owned housing. Most universities have sufficient housing to be able to offer it to all students for the duration of their course. The fees for this will be paid directly to the university when you pay your tuition.

The first step you need to do is think about which sort of thing you would like to study and which universities you are interested in applying for. I'd suggest at least taking the SAT I in either year 11 or year 12 which gives you plenty of time to retake it at least once if you think you would like to do so. The deadlines are different for each university, but generally you would be applying in the Autumn/Winter before you are due to start.

Let me know if you have any more questions
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I'm 16 nearly 17 in first year of college I have no idea what I want to do but American uni have a more general study and I love to travel so being away would be great im studying maths biology pe and textiles Id love to apply to the ivy leagues but I may not be enough for them
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