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    Hi, I'm currently in my AS year of College. I am new to what lies ahead with the application process for UK universities, however I have always aspired to study in the States. I have no idea where to start in research, or when I need to start the process, and whilst I am currently looking into this very early, I'd like to do whatever I can do to maximise my chances of success.

    I'd also like to know the realistic chances of being accepted at a US Uni, and so I'll provide a little background behind myself:

    I aspire to apply for a major in Computer Science, or a joint major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I am particularly interested in applying for NYU and/or Stanford.

    GCSE Grades: 8 A*s, 4 As, 1 C.
    AS Predicted:
    - Mathematics: A,
    - Further Mathematics: A,
    - Computer Science: A,
    - Physics: A
    A-Level (Aspirational): 2 A*s, 2 As and an A/A* in the Level 3 Extended Project.

    I am currently fundraising for a 2 week charity expedition to Uganda in July 2017.

    I attend a Quantum mechanics session weekly at my college as this is another interest of mine. I enjoy programming, and have taught myself aspects of the languages Swift and C#; I intend to further develop this by working on an iOS app which I intend to eventually submit to the App store. I am also doing the British Informatics Olympiad and Senior Maths challenge this year.

    I play piano at Grade 6, (Should be grade 7 by time of application) and have taught myself guitar in my spare time. I also sail as a hobby, and have a RYA powerboat qualification which allows me to get involved with children learning to sail. I have a passion for running and intend to run a half marathon next year.

    With all that being said, what are the essential requirements for applying to a US Uni, I have heard a lot about het SAT examinations, and wish to learn more about them. I have the following questions:

    1) What are the realistic chances of a UK applicant like myself being accepted at a US University?

    2) When should I start thinking about applying to a US uni?

    3) Financially, what are the costs of tuition and accommodation? For New York? Stanford?

    4) What qualifications do I need to acquire for the US Unis? Are the very different from A-Levels? I've heard a lot about essays?

    Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I understand it is very vague and perhaps unclear, I suppose the concept of application is kind of overwhelming and I'd love to have some guidance. - Miles
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