Popular states and their features:-

Ohio: Tournaments location, Health Care Industry.

Massachusetts: Highly developed, Job opportunities & Education hub.

California: Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Disney World, Hub for IT Sector. Aviation related program, low tuition fees.

Oregon:  Manufacturing Industry because of raw material.

New York: Highly developed, Commercial Hub, Student city, Job opportunities, Niagara Falls.

Virginia: Hub for IT sector, Job opportunities.

Florida: Aviation related programs, Travel & Tourism, International Trade. Florida has a lot of undeveloped lands, which helps the construction industry to flourish.

Texas: Low tuition fee.  Charges Instate tuition fees to international students.

Why study in the USA?

  • Flexibility
  • Cutting Edge Technology
  • Research and Internship
  • Scholarship and assistantships
  • Post-study visa (OPT)

Types of degree offered :-

* Associate Degree:  Academic degree of 2 years is awarded by Community Colleges.  Completion of associate degree can lead to transfer to the remaining 2 years bachelors Degree in high ranked university having an articulated agreement with the community College. 

* Bachelors Degree:  It is commonly known as Undergraduate Degree and the duration is of 4 Years. For Ex: Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

* Masters Degree: The duration generally for all the masters course is of 2 years.   Common Examples of master degree are Masters of Arts (MA), Masters of Science (MS), Masters of Engineering (MEng), Masters of Business Administration.  But for courses like Masters in Management, MEng. Degrees, LLM etc. the duration may be of one year.

* Doctorate:  Commonly known as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Duration may range from 3-5 Years. Ph.D. students need to submit a research proposal as well as have to appear 

Standardized Test i.e. GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS for admission. 

In the United States, Students with Bachelor’s degree may apply directly into doctoral program 

Without first earning master degree in some majors.


Types of institutions in U.S :-

  • Public Universities
  • Private Universities
  • Ivy Leagues
  • Community Colleges


Standardized Exams :-

For MBA and Management Programs

  • GMAT/GRE (Any one)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (Any one)

For all masters courses other than Management courses

  • GRE
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (Any one)


Entry Criteria for Masters Program

Requirements :-

  • US universities accept 16 years of education (12+4).
  • Academic Percentage: 58% and above with minimum backlogs.
  • Acceptable scores of Standardized Tests: GRE: 300+, GMAT: 500+, TOEFL: 79, IELTS:  6.5 overall bands.
  • Other factors that are looked into are the extracurricular activities that the student.
  • Has been involved in, the research that the student has done in his particular Subject. His documents such as Resume, Letters of Recommendations & Statement of Purpose are also very crucial and have to be drafted very effectively.


Exceptions :-

  • 15 (12+3) years are also acceptable for some of the Universities if the Institution in India is NAAC “A” Accredited (National Assessment & Accreditation Council).   
  • 3years of bachelor’s degree acceptable for admissions in to Masters for Computer Science, MBA & Public Health courses & in other programs through Pathway with few universities.
  • Admissions without GRE/GMAT scores possible with few universities. 
  • Students with less TOEFL/IELTS can get admission through pathway or English as second language program.


Time schedule for US for fall intake :-

  • Coaching: June, July, August
  • Self Study & appear for GRE/GMAT/SAT: September
  • Results: October
  • Start Application procedure: October
  • Fall Intake deadlines commences: November onwards till may.
  • L-20’s (Offer Letter): March to June
  • Visas: May to July
  • Fly to US: Mid August


Time schedule for US Spring intake :-

  • Coaching: Dec, Jan, Feb
  • Self Study & appear for GRE/GMAT/SAT: March
  • Results: April 
  • Start Application procedure: April
  • Spring Intake deadlines commences: July on wards till October
  • L-20’s (Offer Letter): October to December
  • Visas: November to December
  • Fly to the U.S: January


Total Cost for 2 years Masters in US :-

Tuition Fees (2 years)




1USD = 69INR


Living Cost (2 years)






Less Part Time Earnings/RA/TA/CPT)



Net Cost





Nature of Part Time Jobs

On campus 20 hrs per week

Money to be spent  by student





Entry Criteria for Undergraduate Program :-


* US generally require 12 years of education for Associate Degree and Bachelors Degree Academic Percentage: 58% and above. Acceptable Scores: TOEFL 71 to 80, IELTS 6.0

* SAT 1: A good score would be 1150+ (out of 1600).  

* Only top 25 Universities may require SAT Subject tests min of 2 subjects. 

* For Engineering courses: Math Level II, Physics or Chemistry.  

* For Business Courses: Math Level II.


Note: It is advised to students who have done their diploma (3 years) to get their credentials evaluated (can be through WES www.wes.org), since there are high chances that the student might get some transfer credits, thus saving him the cost, time & effort of repeatedly studying the subjects that he has already done. For Bachelors program SAT is not required for transfer cases. The student who is in bachelors in India can go to USA as transfer cases.

 They do not get 100% credit transferred.  Depending on University to University & how many Indian courses will match with USA syllabus student can apply as a transfer case. Admissions without SAT scores are possible. 

However, SAT is required for Scholarships.


Total cost per annum for Bachelors in the US :-

Tuition Fees (1 year)



(Dollars -1USD = 69NR

Living Cost (1 year)






less Part Time Earnings

(On Campus employment /

Off Campus CPT)



Net Cost





Nature of Part Time Jobs

On campus 20 hours each week

Money to be spent  by student per annum




Sponsors and Acceptable funds :-

Self Funded – Parents

Balance in saving account in Scheduled Public/Private/MNC Banks.


Balance in saving account/monthly income scheme/recurring deposit in Post Office.


Fixed Deposits (FDR) with banks.


Withdraw able balance in PPF, GPF, EPF or CMPF. 


Loans from nationalized banks or private sector banks. A guarantor may be required. Interest rates are low and repayment begins 12 months after graduation.