Admission requirements generally differ across different universities and colleges around the United States. However, we have listed a general sample below. You will usually apply to universities and colleges through an online portal such as the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Students have the freedom to select either application.
To apply for admission at a university or college you will need to:
-Complete the Common Application or Coalition Application.
-Pay a $75 application fee or use an application fee waiver.
-Provide official high school transcripts, which are your grade reports.
-Provide official scores from the SAT and/or the ACT.
-Provide your official TOEFL scores, if English is your second language.
-Provide secondary school teacher and counselor recommendations.
-Apply by the recommended deadline.
At the Embassy
Once you determine the level of education and degree you would like to earn, you can apply to schools. Only schools certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) can accept international students.
After you apply and get accepted to a (SEVP)-certified school, you need to follow these steps before arriving in the United States:
Get a Form I-20: Once you receive acceptance to an SEVP-certified school and provide evidence of financial support, as well as any other supporting documents, that school’s designated school official will send you.
Pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee: All international students must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. You can pay your fee at FMJFee.com. For more information, view the Form I-901 Fee Payment tutorial.
Apply for a visa to travel to the United States: You can apply for a visa to travel to the United States at your designated U.S. embassy or consulate. Make sure you bring all required documents with you.