• Application Tips
  • Interviews
5 Essential Tips to Get Started

1Make a targets list of the American universities you plan on applying to
Learn about the different application policies and track the application and financial aid deadlines and fees.

2 Find out the university's procedure for sending transcripts and what is needed for the recommendation letter
Don't leave it too late!

3Understand top key admission factors for US university admissions
Know your standardized tests scores and the scores you need for your target universities.

4Ask for teacher recommendation letters, and ask early!
Most universities ask for 1 to 2 teacher recommendations, but you can send as many as you like and make sure they are the best representation of you possible.

5Keep copies of everything
If you apply electronically, make sure to print out every page of your application. If you submit a paper application, make photocopies. Ensure you also purchase certified mail or delivery confirmation if sending by mail and keep all postal receipts stapled to your application copes for proof of submission by the deadline. Follow up by calling admissions several days after submitting to confirm they have received all of your materials.

 

5 Tips for Successful Interviews

The interview is your opportunity to stand out beyond the application with the admissions officer. For you, the university interview provides a chance to share your personality and personal story as to why the university is a good fit for you. Highlight your strengths and interests and gather additional information about the university. For the admissions officer, it is a way to get to know the student and add to the personal and academic information from the application.

Here are some tips to help you do your best:

  1. Review the university's prospectus and website information before the interview. Having this knowledge will impress the interviewer and shows you're keen to learn more about the university.

  2. Be prepared for common questions. Admissions officers might throw in a random question to test how you'll react in the interview. Below are some questions to prepare for:
    • What was the worst decision you've ever made?
    • How would your friends characterize you?
    • What is your biggest regret about sixth form, and if you could change it, what impact would it have on you and in your future as a university student?
    • If you were a world leader, what would you do to heal the violence and turbulence in the world?
    • How do you see yourself 20 years from now?
    • Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
    • What are you reading right now?

  3. Prepare some of your own questions to ask. Some students say that the hardest question you'll get is, "Do YOU have any questions?"

  4. Take with you a notepad, copy of your sixth form transcript and a brief CV. The transcript and your CV will come in handy if you are given an information sheet to fill out prior to your meeting.

  5. Be yourself! The key to getting admitted, and also being happy at university, is matchmaking. Bring your best, most authentic self so that the admissions officer interviewing you can decide if this is the right fit. Don't forget to thank the interviewer when you're done.