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I would like to apply to a US university from the UK.

I've wanted to attend a US university for some time now, but I'm not sure how to apply. Most people have been pessimistic about this goal, but on the other hand, I usually hear people mention how they have a distant relative or classmate who got to go to one on a Football scholarship back in the '90s.

Can anyone tell me about their experience at a US university from the UK?

This year I'm expected to leave school with some B's and a few A's. I also do a lot of charity work. At school, I helped with an anti-racism group, and the school newspaper, I did odd jobs for the head teacher, and I was selected to speak at Catholic Mass by my headteacher. I'm a part of a local chess club, I did an out-of-school law class; one that I passed. I've worked with local MPs in making education in the local area more accessible. I'm planning on sitting the SAT on 1/6/2024. I come from a low-income family and I have been receiving free school meals and EMA. My mother and father are divorced. I want to go to uni in 2025.

How would I apply? How do I send my SAT results to the unis? How do scholarships work? How do I get AID for uni? Would the uni pay for my flights etc? How would Visa work?

Sorry for any grammar errors. Thank you.
Reply 1
If you are in Year 12, you might want to try looking into the Sutton Trust US programme because US schools are extremely expensive and it is much harder to get financial aid as an international student.
Reply 2
Original post by xanths
If you are in Year 12, you might want to try looking into the Sutton Trust US programme because US schools are extremely expensive and it is much harder to get financial aid as an international student.

I'm in S6 (Just left and got accepted for further education college) in Scotland and I'm looking to apply this December in 2024, so I would get in a year later to uni.
Original post by Bryce123321
I've wanted to attend a US university for some time now, but I'm not sure how to apply. Most people have been pessimistic about this goal, but on the other hand, I usually hear people mention how they have a distant relative or classmate who got to go to one on a Football scholarship back in the '90s.
Can anyone tell me about their experience at a US university from the UK?
This year I'm expected to leave school with some B's and a few A's. I also do a lot of charity work. At school, I helped with an anti-racism group, and the school newspaper, I did odd jobs for the head teacher, and I was selected to speak at Catholic Mass by my headteacher. I'm a part of a local chess club, I did an out-of-school law class; one that I passed. I've worked with local MPs in making education in the local area more accessible. I'm planning on sitting the SAT on 1/6/2024. I come from a low-income family and I have been receiving free school meals and EMA. My mother and father are divorced. I want to go to uni in 2025.
How would I apply? How do I send my SAT results to the unis? How do scholarships work? How do I get AID for uni? Would the uni pay for my flights etc? How would Visa work?
Sorry for any grammar errors. Thank you.

In the U.S we have a system kind of like UCAS called Common app to apply. With it you can apply to whichever schools you want. And Idk how it would work overseas but whenever you take the SATs here, they automatically send your scores to 4 schools of your choosing for free and then any other schools after you have to pay a fee. I'm not sure about aid for international students, but I know there are many scholarships you can apply for if you look around for them. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarships This might be something to get you started with those. As for the Common App, I'm sure all of your extra curriculars will look great on your application. The U.S personal statement is a little bit different than the U.K personal statement, the common app gives a prompt for the year and then you answer it with your essay. There's multiple prompt choices and it's usually something like , what's something that's changed your life for the better kind of deal. I would say the biggest thing to start looking into is the financial aspects bc university is really so expensive here. And for deadlines, once you add a university to your profile on common app, you'll be able to see when you should submit your application by, because they're all different on a school by school basis. Some have rolling admission and have no truly set date. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html This link should help with some starter info on the visa. Good luck!!

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