FAQ – General


Q: How many schools should I apply for?

We suggest you apply for several schools, for example 8 schools in total. Apply for some schools with challenging and high requirements, as well as schools with lower requirements incase you don’t gain admission to those better schools.


Q: When is the deadline for application?

The deadline varies for each school. Apply as soon as possible to have a better chance of being admitted. You will need time to complete the application process, so make sure you are prepared and aware of the application procedure of your desired school.


Q: When can I get the application results?

It depends on each school’s application policy, make sure to check this with the university you are applying for. Most universities send out admission packets from March to May. Some schools give offers in January, and a few send out admission materials in June or July.


Q: When does a new academic year begin?

Normally the academic year begins in August or September. It is also the time when Fall Semester begins. Some universities also recruit students in Spring Quarter (January) and Summer Quarter (June), but usually the majors and number of admitted students are lower, and the chance of receiving a scholarship is slimmer.



FAQ – Application


Q: Can I take IELTS test instead of TOEFL?

Most US universities recognize IELTS and is accepted instead of TOEFL. Make sure you check whether it is recognized with the university you are applying for. However, taking TOEFL may be more beneficial for the applicant, because some universities require a higher IELTS score than TOEFL.


Q: I will take the TOEFL test in January of next year, which means I may miss the application deadline for some universities. What to do if the time for test can’t be changed?

Some universities allow students to send their TOEFL/GRE test result within a month after the deadline of application. Make sure you confirm this with the school you are applying for.


Q: I’m good at musical performance and sports, can that be helpful for my application?

For undergraduate admissions, US universities prefer students who participate in various activities. For graduate program application, it’s more important that students do well in their academic courses and research fields. However, work experience or serious participation in activities is always a plus.


Q: I have some friends and relatives in the US, will they be helpful for my application?

You should not mention or include them in your application, unless they are professionals in fields that are related to your major, and they are willing to write a letter of recommendation for you.



FAQ – Admission and enrolling


Q: What kinds of students are popular in admission?

In a recent college admissions survey done by NACAC, colleges and universities were asked to rank the importance of admissions factors:

1. Grades in college preparatory courses

2. Test scores

3. Overall grades in courses

4. Application essays

5. Letters of recommendation

6. Interview

7. Work experience and extracurricular activities

8. Demonstrated interest

9. Subject tests

10. Financial readiness and ability to pay for education

11. State or country of residence

12. Alumni relations


Q: Can I change my major in the future, or transfer to another university?

It is very common for students to change major several times over the course of their academic career. Changing major doesn’t often affect a student in their freshmen or sophomore year, because they are mainly completing required general education. US students change majors on an average three times. It is also very common to transfer to another university.


Q: What is conditional admission

Conditional admission allows academically qualified students to be accepted to the university after they have studied at the school’s English training institute, and meet the university’s English language requirements.



FAQ – Graduate and post-graduate studies


Q: What are the requirements on applying for graduate programs in US universities? Should I take some standardized tests?

Besides the GPA requirements, you need to take TOEFL and GRE/GMAT test for the graduate program application. Detailed requirements vary depending on the university. For example, some universities require a minimum 3.0 GPA and TOEFL 80, others may have much higher requirements.


Q: I heard that US universities do not recognize a Chinese Masters Degree, is that true?

The Chinese masters degrees are recognized in the US. As the US and Chinese education systems are different, some Chinese graduate school graduates may be required to take US graduate courses to apply for US doctoral program.



FAQ – Money and cost


Q: What is the cost for studying one year in the US?

The two main parts of the cost are tuition and housing and board. The cost varies quite much depending on school, major and location. An estimated cost for reference is US$30,000 to US$50,000.


What are the requirements for applying for a scholarship?

There are no general requirements for applying for scholarships. However, most require minimum GAP level. You can also apply for a scholarship after you have been admitted. Schools have different scholarship policies, contact your school for detailed information.


Can I have a part-time job when studying in the US?

Yes, generally you are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week with a student visa.



FAQ – US University system


Q: What’s the difference between a public university and private university? Which is better?

Public universities are funded by the government, usually the state government. UC Berkeley and Davis are two well known prestigious public universities. Private universities are mainly privately funded through tuitions, donations etc. Stanford and the Ivy Leagues are examples of private universities. There are respectively famous and high ranking public and private universities.


Q: How and who does the US university ranking?

There is no official university ranking from the Department of Education. US News is often used for ranking reference, as it is a recognized leader in university rankings. Each year US News releases their lists of top universities, including Best national universities, Best Regional universities, Best graduate schools, etc.




Q: 申请美国研究生需要具备什么基本条件?需要参加什么考试?



Q: 在美国读书一年的花费是多少?



Q: 要申请奖学金需要具备什么条件?

答:申请奖学金没有特别的说明,但通常会有一些硬件条件的最低要求。 但是具备这些基本条件并不能保证一定申请到奖学金,还要看奖学金的设置和竞争的激烈程度。同时学生到校后也可以申请不同形式的奖学金。


Q: 申请美国大学需要申请多少所学校?



Q: 申请美国大学一般什么时间提交申请材料?



Q: 什么时候可以知道申请结果?



Q: 美国大学的开学时间是什么时候?

答:美国大学分为秋季学期、春季学期和夏季学期,其中秋季学期为主学期, 招生人数最多,奖学金机会也最多,开学时间为8月或9月;春季和夏季入学的专业极少,招生人数也有限,奖学金的机会更少,一般开学时间分别在1月和6月。


Q: 在美国公立学校好,还是私立学校好?



Q: 在美国读书期间可以打工吗?



Q: 据说美国大学不承认中国的硕士学位,是这样吗?






Q: 我的TOEFL要到明年一月份才考试,会超过学校的申请截止日期,这样可以吗?



Q: 个人在音乐、体育等其它方面的特长对申请是否会有帮助?



Q: 我在美国有亲戚朋友,他们会对我的申请有帮助吗?



Q: 美国大学是如何排名的?

美国是没有官方排名的,我们所查阅到的排名,是美国著名的US.NEWS杂志每年,从所有3600多所美国大学中选取约1300所左右进入”全美最佳大学”名单,并根据各大学提供最高学位的不同 以及规模、地域等将这1300所大学分为四个种类进行排名。


Q: 美国大学看重学生的哪些素质?



Q: 美国大学能够转专业、转学校吗?



Q: 何为双录取?