Interested in applying to an American School?
** If you are looking to apply to an American College, you will likely be able to apply through the Common Application site. Although not all U.S colleges are on here, it’s definitely a good start. There may be a few different Colleges that have there own application process.
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Below are a few tips to help you get prepared in applying to an American school!
1) Do your RESEARCH!!!
“In the U.S., there are approximately 3,000 four-year colleges with varying sizes, locations, courses of study and campus cultures. Ultimately, you want to end up with a list of 12 to 15 good-fit schools, a balanced list of reach, target and likely schools that are all academic, social and financial fits.”
2) Total Academic Performance, Standardized Tests and “Soft Factors” Count
“Many Canadian colleges and universities only consider “senior-level” grades, however, U.S. schools look at grades from all four years of secondary school, so you need to put your best foot forward from day one. If your first and second year grades weren’t stellar, that’s OK, as long as you show improvement year-over-year. Admission officers are looking for an upward grade trend.
U.S. colleges and universities also require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. These standardized tests are marathon exams that require significant preparation. As of last year, all four-year institutions in the U.S. accept both the ACT and SAT. Take a practice test for each exam to see which is right for you. Our international students have performed better on the ACT in many cases. If you’re not a good test taker, there are nearly 850 four-year colleges that are test optional listed at FairTest.org. Be sure to read the fine print and check out each individual school’s standardized test policy for international applicants.
Many Canadian schools do not require essays with their applications. In fact, unless you’re applying for a specific program, they generally don’t require any supplemental materials. Most U.S. colleges, on the other hand, do require at least one essay and many have school-specific supplements. Essays and short answers provide the perfect opportunity for schools to get to know you better. Write about something that can’t be found anywhere else in your application that gives some insight into who you are as a person, your experiences, and how you plan to make an impact in that particular school’s campus community.
Canadian admissions is much more numbers based, whereas U.S. admissions offices place a greater emphasis on “soft factors” like recommendation letters, extracurricular activities, community service, demonstrated interest, and so on.”
• Select one or two of your senior level teachers to write recommendations, preferably instructors who have had you in more than one class or know you in more than one capacity, i.e. a physics teacher who was also the advisor for your robotics club.
• Identify two or three extracurricular activates that really interest you and stick with them all throughout secondary school. Admissions officers look for sustained involvement in extracurricular activities, not a long list of one-off activities that you joined just to put on your application.
• Demonstrated interest, or the university’s way of gauging how likely you are to attend if you’re admitted, is also a big factor in U.S. admissions. Going on an official campus visit, having contact with the admissions office and doing an admissions interview (in person or via Skype), will set you apart from other applicants.
Huffington Post, 2014