Study in the USA : Study in the USA Are you Ready for College? Recent Experiences : Recent Experiences Visits: Butte Community College
California State College, Chico
University of the Pacific in Stockton
University of California-Davis Undergraduate Admissions : Undergraduate Admissions U.S. Embassy, Accra
Public Affairs Section
Educational Advising Center
Dr. Ben Fiebor Steps to Doing Your College Application : Steps to Doing Your College Application Applying for the F-1 Visa : Applying for the F-1 Visa Questions to ask : Questions to ask Why the United States?
Why these Schools? Or this particular School?
What is it about this school? The curriculum, faculty, class size, location, learning Environment, etc, is the school the best fit for you?
What about cost? Who is going to pay?
How is the school going to help meet my ed. Needs? Requirements for Admission : Requirements for Admission Successful completion of at least 12 years of academic secondary school
Aggregate 20 or better on SSCE/WASSCE
IB, IGCSE (O- & A-Levels)
Meet entrance requirements for local universities
Adequate Finances U.S. Higher Education : U.S. Higher Education 4,800 accredited institutions of higher education
2,700 grant the Bachelor’s degree
18 million students enrolled
Over 600,000 international students
2,895 from Ghana U.S. Higher Education : U.S. Higher Education First/Undergraduate/Bachelor’s Degree: 4 years
College and University: no difference
Community College 2-yr (Vocational & Technical) Skills training
Apply to the institution, not the degree program
Declare your major after first year
Freedom and responsibility
Heavy reading and writing & Extensive independent work Fields of Study : Fields of Study Over 900 fields of study and growing, design own program
Business & related fields: AACSB accredits 570 institutions – www.aacsb.edu
Engineering: ABET accredits 600 institutions – www.abet.org, www.asee.org (2800 progs)
Computer Science: careful research into curriculum design and facilities
Medicine: almost impossible for internationals
Pharmacy: Pharm.D. at 116 institutions – www.aacp.org
Architecture: B.Arch at 151 institutions – www.naab.org
Law: graduate level only Financing Your Education : Financing Your Education Comprehensive annual cost ranges from $12,500 to $54,000
82% of international undergraduates are financed by their families, from home
2,000 institutions award partial financial aid to internationals
1600 award aid averaging more than $10,000
Admission with aid is highly competitive Financing Your Education: Options : Financing Your Education: Options Parents; other family members or sponsors
Institutional financial aid (need or merit based, need-blind)
Outside scholarships: agencies, foundations, e.g. Ford Foundation, the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
Religious organizations Financing Your Education : Financing Your Education How much can your parents afford per annum, times four years?
How much can you raise from other sources?
Very few students can reduce their family’s costs to below $12,500 per year
Careful finance planning before you start Financing: Info Sources : Financing: Info Sources ISH: International Student Handbook
Applying to Colleges & Universities in the United States ACUUS
Council of International Schools Higher Education Directory
The College Handbook
The Fiske Guide to Colleges Selection of Schools : Selection of Schools State your criteria, and then research to find the best schools for you
Does the College offer what you want to study
Cost and availability of financial aid
Environment: size and location
Housing facilities Selection Criteria : Selection Criteria Special opportunities: sports, activities, internships, cross-registration, study abroad
Graduation Rates Research : Research Field of Study Indexes and Guides
Finances: ISH and ACUUS
Profiles: 4-Year Colleges, College Handbook
Special groups: Fiske Guide to colleges, etc
Catalogues and View-books
Websites: www.EducationUSA.state.gov Application Components : Application Components Application forms
Transcripts and results slips or certificates
Teachers’ recommendations Application Components : Application Components Standardized test scores: SAT and TOEFL
Financial aid certification and application Application Procedures : Application Procedures Obtain application forms from the Web or by e-mail
On-line applications also possible
Common Application: 250-260 schools – www.commonapp.org.
Everything must be neat and typewritten!
Complete a photocopy and then transfer information neatly to original form TOEFL: English Proficiency : TOEFL: English Proficiency Test of English as a Foreign Language
Some colleges will waive TOEFL for students who can demonstrate adequate proficiency by other means
TOEFL iBT, Score scale: 0-120, each university sets minimum required score
Register in Netherlands or thru test center at Total House; cost $160.
ID: Passport only!
Practice tests available at PAS SAT I: Reasoning Test : SAT I: Reasoning Test Tests verbal and math reasoning skills
Required by 1/3 of U.S. colleges
Score scale: 200-800,
Administered 6 times a year: Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., May, June in Accra and Kumasi, Test centers; GIS, LCS, WAEC
Register 6 weeks before test date, by mail or thru test center at Total House. Call 021-666146 Cost: $71/$100
ID: Passport only!
Resources are available at the EducationUSA library SAT II Subject Test : SAT II Subject Test This is also administered six times a year: Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., May, and June.
The test is used to determine the extent to which a student has grasped the concepts, principles, etc of a subject.
The total cost depends on the number of subjects selected.
Register ahead of time
Passport is the only ID Admission Decisions : Admission Decisions Transcripts-Academic Records
Essays (Writing Skills)
SAT Scores Profile of Mid 50% of Freshmen
Leadership and Personal Qualities
All that which makes you unique Student Visas : Student Visas Bonafide Student
Taken Standardized Test(s)
Intention to return home
Key elements: total honesty, a sound plan, and the ability to discuss it Advising Services : Advising Services Hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs. mornings 8-12
Research Library, Test Prep, Internet, Essay Writing Workshops, Pre-Departure Orientation, Student Visa Guidance, Individual Consultations with Professional Advisors
Special Privileges for Members: extended hours, book borrowing, workshops
Phone: 021- 741-116/ 741-531
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Kumasi Educational Advising Center : Kumasi Educational Advising Center ACE Consult, Top Martin’s Complex
Near Asokwa Police Station
TEL: Cell, 028-707 7609
Hours: Mon, Tues & Thur 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Introductory Group Session: Every Thursday at 11:00 AM Important Websites : Important Websites EducationUSA: http://educationusa.state.gov
Funding US Study: http://www.fundingusstudy.org
The Princeton Review:
http://www.iefa.org Questions ? : Questions ? Time for Questions