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The U.S. university application process is a lengthy procedure that requires students to fill out many documents. Documents may differ, based on the department to which a student is applying. Therefore, it is very important to read the instructions carefully. Some universities do not process the application until they receive all the documents. Some universities provides conditional admission if the student is still completing his or her current course. Following is a list of required documents for an international applicant:
Application Document Checklist - 1
University Application - 1
Financial Support Form - 1
Transcripts of Previous Degree - 2
Resume - 1
3 Letters of Recommendation - 1
Bank Statement - 1
Statement of Purpose - 1
Standardized Test Scores - 1
Passport Copies – 1
Statement of Purpose
Most applications ask for a statement of interest or an autobiographical statement. It is important for students to thoroughly research a field of study before applying to it. That way, they can effectively write about how they will fit into the program and how they program will best help them obtain the career of their choice. Admissions committees are impressed by students who have a strong sense of self and can creatively express themselves through writing. Students should begin their Statement of Purpose in a way that will catch the reader's attention, such as with a quote or personal anecdote. A student's Statement of Purpose should describe the following:
Who the student is as a person and why they stand out from others
Why the student is interested in a particular progra
How the particular program will help the student achieve his or her long-term goals and ambitions
Letters of Recommendation
As part of the application procedure, every university requires students to send three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from professional references, such as teachers or employers, who can verify that the student is an outstanding candidate for a program. Family, friends, and character witnesses should not be references. It is important that the person providing the recommendation has a good understanding of the student's academic history, interests, goals, and direction. The letters should be confidential and not be discussed with the applicant. Therefore, it is important that the applicant choose references that he or she can trust to write a good recommendation.
Following are several points to remember:
The letter is typed on official letterhead.
The letter should have the reference's signature.
The letter is enclosed in a sealed envelope.
The resume should provide a snapshot of the student's life on approximately two pages. Students should verify the following in their resume:
Personal information, including name, address, telephone number, and email address
Academic history, including highest completed degree and relevant courses
Employment history, including job titles, responsibilities, and the start and end dates
Professional memberships or affiliations
Awards and recognitions
The names and contact information of at least three reference