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at Harvard University
(2010-2015)

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Our Three Step Process

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There are real rewards for those who put in the time to carefully choose universities.

Investing time in choosing universities ensures you will only apply to universities you would attend, actually saving you both time and money. It also results in better, more tailored applications and makes choosing between university offers in the spring much easier. 

Step One - Think before you search. Prioritise the factors that are important to you.

You’ll want to begin by thinking about the factors that are important to you more broadly and prioritise these.

Factors you will want to consider:

Step Two - Begin your search.

Use an online search engine or print directory to identify a more manageable list of universities meeting these criteria that you can research further. Narrow down your list from 1,700 universities to 10-20 good options.

Consult university websites and several external websites for your research:

Step Three - Do your homework.

Roll up your sleeves and research your 10-20 good options, and then narrow the list to the 4-6 you apply to.

First, check the US university website, and look at the academic department, international student services, and financial aid pages.

Then, utilise resources to find out even more: