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Ideally, the process of applying for postgraduate study in the US will begin 1-1½ years before enrolment. For most current university students on a three-year course, this is during the spring at the end of the second year of university. For students on a four-year course, this is at the end of the third year of university.
Do not panic if you are late getting started in this process. If it is the autumn before you anticipate enrolling in a US university, there is still plenty of time to put together your applications. You will simply need to work at a faster pace! Visit our postgraduate application timeline to get more information on what steps you need to take to apply to graduate schools in the US.
Most – although not all – graduate programmes will require you to sit an admissions test. The main postgraduate admissions tests include: the GRE, the GMAT, the LSAT and the MCAT. For more information on these exams and to register please see their individual websites as well as our Admissions Tests page and our GRE hand-out and GMAT hand-out.
Accreditation of US universities is carried out by private, non-governmental organisations on a regional basis, rather than a centralised government body.
If you need to simply verify that a US university is accredited, you may wish to search the following databases:
Please note if you need a document attested or verified, you may wish to use services provided by the Office of Authentications of the US State Department or a company that can coordinate this process for you such as Speedy Egger. (Please note the Fulbright Commission does not endorse any university, product or service.)
There are many organisations and individuals in the UK who can help you prepare applications to American universities. Many of our partner organisations offer one-on-one support to students who are searching for and applying to universities in the USA. You can also search for educational consultants online.
After reviewing the information provided on our website, feel free to contact our advising team. After reviewing the information provided on our website, feel free to contact our advising team. You can reach us via phone 0845 894 9524 (Tuesdays 1:30 - 5 pm and Thursdays 1:30 - 5 pm); via email – firstname.lastname@example.org; or in-person at events.
If you need additional assistance as you apply for US study beyond what our staff are able to provide, you may wish to consider contacting one of the organisations on our Resources page. These test tutors and educational consultants offer a higher level of personalised, additional support and services to help you prepare for admission exams and complete a competitive application.