New Delhi, July 14, 2018: Though the percentage of students applying to US colleges has seen an upward trend, the acceptance rate of Indian students in Ivy League universities has been relatively low. Harvard accepted just 3 per cent, whereas, in Columbia, the acceptance rate was just 4 per cent.
This underlines the fact you need to meticulously plan the application process to secure admission into the top US universities.
HERE ARE SOME TESTED METHODS TO IMPROVE YOUR ADMISSION CHANCES
1 Browse the class profile featured in the university’s portal and identify the average GRE/GMAT/SAT score
2 The scores are not always the deciding factor but they place your profile among the strongest candidates list when admission officers evaluate applications according to reports published in indiatoday.in
3 Having a high CGPA is very important but this again is not a deciding factor.
4 Colleges are faced with the uncertainty of whether the admitted student will finally enroll, hence a demonstrated interest in the form of a visit to the college campus, an interaction with the admission officer will be very beneficial. Take a tour, ask questions and if there is a sign in sheet enter your name. This provides an edge over other applicants.
5 Early application carries a higher rate of admission which is backed by a survey that highlighted, Harvard admitted 21 per cent of applicants in the early round when the total rate of admission was 5.9 per cent. This clearly demonstrates Harvard admitted just 3 per cent from the regular admission pool. However, a point to note is early admission decision is binding. It prevents the student from making an alternative choice.
6 Interaction with professors of the university and with current students or alumni provides a distinct advantage as it illustrates the deep interest in joining the college. Sometimes the admission officer arranges an interview with the current students. Don’t forget to mention this information in the essay.
7 To create a successful essay one needs to brainstorm multiple ideas before finalizing one and then create an outline. Writing an essay then becomes an easy task.
8 It is vital to address the essays prompt in a comprehensive manner. It is important to make a personalized journey highlighting varied experiences and its impact.
9 Most Ivy League schools want the applicants to showcase their empathy and involvement with communities, or demonstrate a deep passion for their hobby in the essays.
10 The preparation for the application process must be planned in advance. The competition for admissions to Ivy League colleges is fierce hence it is imperative that one plans extracurricular and community service activities well in advance.
11 It is crucial to understand and demonstrate how and why applying to the course aligns with the career aspirations. The university needs to be convinced that the course being applied will help bridge the gap between what one is and where he/she aspires to be.
12 The current coursework should be aligned with the program being applied for. If not aligned one should put forward a convincing explanation to indicate the change. For MBAs aspirants, the professional background is important and it is vital to showcase professional accomplishments and achievements according to indiatoday.in
13 Certain exceptional criteria always work in one’s favour. It may be fluency in multiple foreign languages, demonstrating a strong commitment to a cause, or entrepreneurship opportunities.
14 Though the essays do provide an insight about you as an individual to the admission officer, a recommendation from teachers and your professionals higher up also plays a major role in deciding your admission. Hence choose recommenders carefully. Recommenders are implicitly highlighting one’s ability to contribute and add value to the college through their recommendation letters. The college attaches a lot of importance to it as it is an objective assessment of one’s capabilities.