The United States is definitely a land of opportunities. One way to grab these opportunities early is through a BS degree, i.e., Bachelor of Science in the field of engineering.
There are several top-notch universities that are perfect to pursue the undergraduate engineering degree. But, are you confused about what all to keep in mind when applying to one? Don’t worry - we’ve got this blog to help you out.
Let’s start with the issue of cost. The cost of studying in US varies considerably between different universities. The tuition fee is usually between $20,000 to $50,000 per year, mainly based on whether the institution is public or private. For e.g.: Private institutions like MIT, Stanford and Caltech have a tuition fee of around $48,000 per year. At the same time, public institutions like University of Texas Arlington (UTA) have a tuition fee of around $23K per year.
The room and board fee is between $12,000 to $18,000 and the food and other costs are normally around $8,000-$12,000 per year. By staying off campus, one can bring down living costs to $10,000 per year.
One of the major aspects while looking for the “perfect” institution is the salary potential. Any Indian working in the US will earn $60,000 at a minimum, as per the current H1B regulations. However, the exact starting packages vary largely from university to university. For BS degree holders from MIT and Stanford, the starting package is around $85,000 per annum. At the same time, the average starting salary for University of Texas Arlington undergraduates is around $65,000 per annum.
Applying to a university in US is quite easy. First, an application form has to be filled. The application usually costs around $70-$90. It can be filled either online from the university website or sent via Air Mail. The eligibility requirements involve qualifying the secondary and senior secondary examinations.
Students applying for a BS degree are required to submit secondary and senior secondary school reports and transcripts of the final exams. The school report should include your accomplishments, and should ideally provide a prediction of your chances for success in university-level studies. This is because Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. Also, a school leaving certificate is also required.
To get into an American university, one needs to score well in the standardized tests designed for the same. There are two kinds of tests: English Proficiency Test, i.e., TOEFL and SAT/ACT.
TOEFL: This test is mandatory for each international student applying for a BS or any other degree in US. A minimum score of 100 (out of 120) is required to get into a good university.
SAT/ACT: SAT is an integral test that is required for almost all the universities and courses. ACT, however, is required only in a few universities in place of SAT. These tests consist of multiple choice questions and an essay section, and evaluate the skills you’ve developed in high school and your ability to apply those skills. The score required in SAT should be around 1500 out of 1600 to get into a good university. For instance, to get into MIT or Stanford, the average SAT score required is 1520.
Some universities may take your interview to know you better. The interview could be with a college representative, staff, faculty or alumni of the college or simply a telephonic interview. These interviews are usually informal and more of an opportunity to exchange information. The interviewer will try to judge your abilities and interests.
We hope that these guidelines cleared some of that fog that was in your mind. We wish you all the luck!
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