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Simply begin thinking about the application process early on - it takes a lot of time to polish and perfect!...
Meet Yanpei Zhang
at University of Pennsylvania
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.
If you can imagine yourself as a first year on that campus, go there and don't worry too much about where it sits on college rankings: if you enjoy yourself, you'll succeed. Colette, University of Virginia
Prioritise the factors that are important to you. You will want to begin by thinking about the factors that are important to you more broadly and prioritise these. Talk this over with a trusted adult like a parent, teacher or careers officer if possible.
Factors you will want to consider:
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 4,500 universities to 10-20 good options.
Consult university websites and several external websites for your research:
Roll up your sleeves and research your 10-20 good options, and then narrow the list to the 6-8 you apply to. Make sure your list is well-rounded in terms of competitiveness of admission.
First, check the US university website, and look at the academic department, international student services, financial aid and student activities pages.
Then, utilise resources to find out even more: