Step-wise MS in US Admission process

Masters in USA – Admission Process

Step-wise MS in US Admission process


STEP 1: RESEARCH on and SHORTLIST your list of US Universities for your selected area of interest/major. For a list of MS programs you can study in US, check out our MS in US section

Our help: We will help you shortlist the right MS programs at the right US Universities based on your interest area, career plan, short and long-term goals, current academic background and scores, budget, more. We provide a list of AMBITIOUS, MODERATE and SAFE Universities for you to select from and help you finalize the last list of 8 (sometimes 10) US Universities

STEP 2: BOOK TEST DATES for your GRE and TOEFL or IELTS. Generally, students do the research on schools after knowing their GRE score. We recommend you do it the other way round. Ideally, your GRE preparation should go alongside your University shortlisting. Learn it all here about GRE, TOEFL and IELTS

Our help: We coach you for these tests. We help you finalize the right test dates and register for the same. We help you with shortlisting the right Universities concurrently

STEP 3: POPULATE the admission requirements including essay questions (or SOP requirement) for each University and COLLECT admission documents that include sealed transcript (from your degree college – as many copies as the number of Universities you are applying to), recommendation letters (check STEP 4 below), CV (updated), passport copy (scan – front and last page), marksheets (all – scan them, may be required at a later date), financial documents (balance certificate, bank statement, fixed deposit copy, affidavit of support or financial declaration form provided by the University), work experience letter (s), etc. Many US Universities now even ask for a credential evaluation (WES evaluation or ECE evaluation). Check out the full list of documents required for applying to US Universities

Our help: We will populate the requirement for each University that you are applying to and will submit it to you in the form of a grid for easy viewing with options to keep updating the file. Information includes Graduate Admission Link, Online Application Link, Deadlines, No. of LORs needed, GMAT/TOEFL Codes, Address to post any document, Essay questions, SOP requirements (each University will want to see some specific information in your SOP), and anything that we feel will be very useful to you – saving your time and energy (so that you could concentrate more on your main admission process). We will check all the documents you are collecting or answer any queries that you keep having during the process. We will provide the requisite formats / samples of CV, SOP, essays, LORs, etc. We will discuss on how much finance needs to be shown to the Universities. We also help you with your WES evaluation

Note on Credential Evaluation: Some universities may ask for an “academic credential evaluation” or a “course by course evaluation”. This needs to be done through WES or ECE, as required by the university.  You will have to send your academic documents to these bodies who, for a fee of between $150-200, will convert your scores to the US 4.0 GPA system. They will then report these scores to the universities you ask them to for an additional fee

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  • 100% of our MS applicants secure admissions in USA
  • Over 70% of our students secure admission into the Top 50 US Universities
  • Over 50% of our students secure admission into Top 30 ranked program for specific department ranking
  • Over 50% of our MS students obtain university scholarship/student loans on admissions In the last 3 years
  • 100% of our applicants have obtained their F1 Visa. Our overall visa success rate is near 99%

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STEP 4: Begin ONLINE or PAPER Applications for each University. REGISTER your referees online and/or collect the recommendation letters (on the letter headed paper of the Company / Institution). Most US Universities prefer the online method of submitting recommendations. You will need to register each referee (using their company / institutional email – no yahoo, gmail or outlook) and your referees will receive an email with instructions to submit the recommendation letter online. Through your online application portal, you will be able to see if your referee has ‘started’ with the recommendation submission or has ‘completed’ the recommendation letter submission process

Our help: We assist you in filling the application forms correctly. We discuss on who should be the right referee based on your profile, work undertaken at your organization (s), etc. We edit any content that you wish us to look at. We check your forms thoroughly and explain the plan of action that you need to follow for each University application submission

STEP 5: WRITE your PERSONAL STATEMENT (or STATEMENT OF PURPOSE) and/or ESSAYS. Each University may ask you to write either an SOP or up to 3 essays. Some Universities may want you to submit an Academic Statement as well as a Personal Statement. Thus, if you are applying to 8 US Universities you may end up customizing about 12 to 14 statements. Many Universities also have video interviews. Essay writing will be the longest process. Top MS programs are very keen on knowing YOU well and the better the content of essays, the better are your chances of admissions to your dream US University for pursuing your Masters in US

Our Help: We do limitless iterations to the Statement of Purpose (SOP), Personal Statement, Academic Statement or Essays. Every statement is checked, reviewed, edited, or suggested content is discussed. We help you customize it for each University. We keep brainstorming with you. Ask any of our students and they will say we help you bring out crisp and the finest essays. US essay editing is a two way process. You keep sending us the essays and we keep reviewing them critically. We come with ideas and guide you through the process of creating them. For video interviews, we provide mock sessions (over skype, facetime or face-to-face). We also help you with your scholarship essay and application!

STEP 6: Check and SUBMIT each application before the deadline. Your referees should also submit their recommendations before the application deadline. REPORT your GRE and TOEFL scores online through the testing agencies (eg. ETS). Your selected US University should receive the online score report before the application deadline. POST your transcript and other necessary documents to the right address (some Universities do not require anything to be couriered to them until they have made a decision)

Our Help: We check your application, find errors (if any) and help you correct them and suggest you on the next steps after the submissions. We help you report your scores online. We check your documents before they are dispatched to the University

STEP 7: FOLLOW UP with the Universities and ensure that they have received your documents and that nothing is missing. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – some US Universities need you to finish a separate scholarship application; so keep an eye on it and keep searching for opportunities

Our Help: At this stage, it is important to keep an eye on your emails and application portals as sometimes you may be missing some information. We help you solve any issues that come up. We help you with any scholarship or funding applications at this stage. We keep sharing any useful information or opportunities that come up

STEP 8: INTERVIEWS. This is your final step before receiving an acceptance or rejection. While many US Universities for MS programs do not require an interview, several top Universities for MS Universities require you to attend an interview over skype or through a telephone call, or sometimes in-country personal interviews. In general, these interviews can be conducted by the admissions committee or can be alumni interviews

Our Help: Our students keep reaching this stage. We have a list of questions that students are being asked from a large no. of popular US Universities. We offer you mock rounds and provide some great interview tips. We help you raise the bar! We correct you, we inspire you, we prepare you!

STEP 9: FINAL DECISION. Collect admission offers and keep an eye on the deadline to accept or decline the admission. Plan your next move (visa process, accommodation, etc.)

Our Help: This is a very important stage. The dilemma is when you get more than one admission offer. Our students generally do and we get in to the discussion about which should be the best option considering all the factors (including the changes that happened since you started your MS applications to the current time)

STEP 10: PAY the required deposit as required by the University

Our Help: We will help you make this crucial decision and also guide you on the financial matters, including how to transfer the deposit and getting you a confirmation from the University

STEP 11: I20. Finish the I20 request form and send it to the University (online or by post). If you have finalized on joining a University that did not request for your financial documents during the application stage will ask you to send them these documents now

Our Help: We help you with guiding you on filling the form correctly

STEP 12: VISA. Pay the SEVIS fee. Prepare your financial documents for the F1 visa application. Book a student visa appointment and apply for the visa. An interview by the US embassy is compulsory. Prepare well

Our Help: We will help you finalize your financial documents, check if they are in order and guide you in filling the F1 visa form and taking the US student visa appointment. We conduct mock visa interview sessions and thoroughly prepare you for the visa application and interview

Step 13: BOOK accommodation, flight tickets, buy forex, do your travel insurance, do the required vaccinations (your university will have sent you this information about the required vaccinations)

Our Help: We guide you as much as possible with all of the above

STEP 14: FLY. Once you receive the visa, celebrate, buy your stuff, pack your bags, and fly

Our Help: We will provide a pre-departure brief (eg. what to carry when you are going, about life in the USA, etc.), help you connect with other students going to the USA. Enough! We can’t fly for you. But what we can surely do is – stay connected!

Once you reach safely, do drop us a line of text or email. We’d love to hear from you!

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ILW are the best US counsellors in Mumbai. I am from Ahmedabad and took their services online. They were brilliant in helping me especially with the way they assist in SOP and essays. Columbia University was my dream choice and I am here!

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In case you’re confused about your studies in USA, we can help you solve the problem. Once we meet you, and your parents or spouse, we ask you questions to get a clearer idea of your preferences, restrictions, and goals. This will allow us to make a range of suggestions with regard to locations and universities. With more discussions we’ll help you pick between them and narrow it down to the right selection of safe, moderate and ambitions options. We will make your process of studying in USA hassle-free.

We are experts at what we do. Since 2002 we have helped 1000s of students (personally). As one of the leading overseas education consultants in Mumbai, the collective experience of our team of experts go beyond a 100 years. Many of us have studied abroad and know exactly what your requirements will be, what kind of universities should be best suited for your future, what you need to do to get there.

We are extremely personal. Students ask us 1000s of questions and we enjoy replying to these. You will have one dedicated team member who you will be able to contact throughout the service. We don’t count the number of hours spent on you. We don’t shed away responsibilities. We work on your side and have just one thing in mind—to get you your best in your career.

We enjoy when you get scholarships or you save money. Over 70% of our applicants will earn some form of scholarship / financial aid / bursary.

We keep in touch with Universities. We keep in touch with our past students. We know exactly what a University will require or we can identify it very (very) easily. We help you build your profile, craft a great resume, and statement of purpose (SOP)/essays and bring out the best in you while presenting you to a University. Chances of your admissions evidently rise because we are around.

We help you right from start to end in the process ie. from selecting the right course and university list, documentation preparation, filling out and checking of forms, applying to universities, to securing admission offers, helping you finalize the best choice of university, visa guidance (including documentation, mock interview rounds, application), accommodation booking and much more. Hey! IELTS coaching is also available at our centre. We are brilliant with our essay editing services (remember – you will have to end up writing 18 to 24 essays when you apply to 8 to 10 Universities). We are simply there for everything! #enoughsaid

Mostly all of our students are through word of mouth. You will ENJOY your process and will not have to think how ordinary a question is while you ask us. We reply. We ensure that you remain satisfied. Nearly all our students would give us a 100/100 for our services.

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