Financial Affidavit of support for Student Visa / F1 Visa

Afiidavit of support for Student visa / F1 visa

Please have this document notarized and signed as per your need.

Carry all the financial papers sent to the school.You need to show liquid assets to cover your first years of expenses.You can use any funding you had received from school to make your case.You can use bank loans or money in savings account to do the same.Thumb rule is to show liquid money for first years expenses.

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Financial Affidavit of support for US graduate Schools

Once admitted to a US graduate school, they will require supporting documents to prove that you are able to financially support yourself while studying in US, before they send you your I20. Which means that you have to show enough funds to cover two years of expenses that include tuition, living and miscelleaneous.

You may need to send bank statements, bank loan approval letters stuff like that to prove you are financially well off to pursue your studies. Once these documents are received school will send you an I-20 which you can use to apply for F1 visa.

Here is a sample of : AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT for school.This should be notarized.

This affidavit of support can be signed by more than one person in your family.I had mine signed by my brother & father.

Include all the financial paper required to show enough funds such as:

Bank statements,Bonds, Bank loan papers, insurance papers, provident fund statement, any financial paper that can be used to show that you have enough funds.

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Sample Quant test for GRE

Question 1
If the average cost of producing one widget decreases from $12.50 to $10.75, what is the percent of the decrease?
(A) 10
(B) 12.5
(C) 14
(D) 15
(E) 16

Question 2
p > 0 > q
Column A
p + q
Column B

(A) The quantity in Column A is greater.
(B) The quantity in Column B is greater.
(C) The quantities are equal.
(D) The relationship cannot be determined from the
………..information given.

Question 3
Column A
The average
(arithmetic mean)
of x and y

Column B
The average
(arithmetic mean)
of x – 1 and y + 1

(A) The quantity in Column A is greater.
(B) The quantity in Column B is greater.
(C) The quantities are equal.
(D) The relationship cannot be determined from the
………..information given.

Question 4
………The integer (x – 1) is a prime number
………between 40 and 50.
Column A

The sum of all different
prime factors of x
Column B
(A) The quantity in Column A is greater.
(B) The quantity in Column B is greater.
(C) The quantities are equal.
(D) The relationship cannot be determined from the
………..information given.

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Sample recommendation letters for US graduate schools

Prof. John Smith
Dept. of Computer Science.

It gives me immense pleasure in recommending Mr. Joe Doe for the graduate program in Computer Science at your University. I have known him for four years in my capacity as Professor, Department of Computer Science. I have also taught him two theory courses, ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ and ‘System Programming’ and I am teaching him Application Programming.

In this context, I wish to place on record the consistently brilliant academic performance of Mr. Doe during his four years of study.

As per his performance records, he can be placed in the top 10% of a class of 90 students in my subject and is placed on the overall in the top 20%. He is intelligent, inquisitive and yearns to gain an in-depth knowledge. With his determination and hard work I have no doubt that he will succeed in all his endeavors.

His project titled “ABC DEF GHI JKL” conducted at XXX was ranked among the best projects carried out in the department. He has shown the motivation, intelligence, preserving nature and analytical aptitude for graduate study and research. He is extremely co-operative and possesses the capacity to contribute positively while working as part of a team.

In my view Mr. Doe compares favorably with the best among my students. I am sure he will make an outstanding graduate student. I recommend him in the strongest terms for admission to the Graduate Program at your University preferably with financial aid.
Prof. John Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

As the Dean of Stonewell College, I have had the pleasure of knowing Hannah Smith for the last four years. She has been a tremendous student and an asset to our school. I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Hannah for your graduate program.

I feel confident that she will continue to succeed in her studies. Hannah is a dedicated student and thus far her grades have been exemplary. In class, she has proven to be a take-charge person who is able to successfully develop plans and implement them.

Hannah has also assisted us in our admissions office. She has successfully demonstrated leadership ability by counseling new and prospective students. Her advice has been a great help to these students, many of whom have taken time to share their comments with me regarding her pleasant and encouraging attitude.

It is for these reasons that I offer high recommendations for Hannah without reservation.

Her drive and abilities will truly be an asset to your establishment. If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Roger Fleming
Dean of Stonewell College

Here is the link for more

Do a google search for more recco letters

My take:There’s no need to be too fussy about recco letters and sops.They matter but not as much as you might imagine.Your undergrad scores and GRE scores are the most important metrics to evaluate your application.So don’t sweat too much over getting the perfect recco letter and sop.

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Sample SOPs / Sample statement of purpose for US graduate Schools

Statement of Purpose

Name: xxx; Program: Economics PhD

What shape would take the macroeconomic policies of an economy where micro agents are confined by human limitations and complications and the policy makers by political considerations and constraints is the principal question I would like to focus on in my research. Viewing political economy of macroeconomics from a behavioral perspective would be the cornerstone of my analysis. And the objective would be to reflect on the growth performance and potential of the economy.

My undergraduate study in Presidency College prepared the background of a strong quantitative training through a broad array of courses that made me comfortable in multivariate calculus, modern algebra, linear programming, mathematical statistics to name a few, while giving a taste of the way modern economics is taught worldwide. This exposure to mathematical techniques and their applications to economics made me realize the importance of quantitative and analytical rigor that goes into validating any economic idea. The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) program at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) offers precisely this — a mixture of intuitive economic concepts and rigorous formulation of the same to back them up. This is what led me chose this program despite the offers of Professor Manmohon Singh Scholarship from Delhi School of Economics or Professor Thavaraj scholarship from Jawaharlal Nehru University — a choice that expanded my intellectual horizons while deepening analytical expertise.

Courses in ISI provided rigorous training in real analysis, linear algebra, statistical inference, measure theoretic probability and optimal control while the courses in microeconomics simply increased my thirst for a more generous dose of economic theory. Also here I was introduced to game theory and took an instant liking in this branch of economics. I have just completed another course on advanced game in a “game-theoretically” interesting juncture of Indian politics marked by formation of a minimal winning coalition of political parties with polar opposite policy agenda in the Central Government of India. This political co-incidence enhanced my joy of studying different solution concepts in co-operative games and indices of voting power. Also papers by Baron-Myerson (1982), Cramton-Gibbons-Klemperer (1987), Myerson-Satterthwaite (1983), Groves (1973), Groves-Loeb (1975), Holmstrong (1979) provided a rigorous introduction to application of game theory under incomplete information. The sheer power of game theory and its broad range of applications made me realize its indispensability in modern economic analysis.

I.S.I also provided the opportunity for building up a solid grounding in econometrics and with empirical tools at hand I tried to examine the validity of export-led growth in the context of India. But by using the Bai-Perron (1998) procedure the only break in per capita real GDP was found in 1979, a baffling result given the conventional wisdom in favor of 1991 liberalization driven growth. But lucky I am, to have a match of my first empirical “finding” in a Rodrik- Subramanian (2004) paper: “From “Hindu Growth” to Productivity Surge: The Mystery of the Indian Growth Transition” which explains this surge as an outcome of an attitudinal shift, mainly probusiness in nature, on the part of the Central Government. This opens the channel for further empirical study with the state of West Bengal being an interesting case since in 1980’s the State Government of West Bengal (WB) was not only political arch-rival of the Central Government but was also characterized by predominant prolabor attitude. Also West Bengal shows a falling share of registered manufacturing when the correlation between per capita GDP growth and this share was becoming positive (80’s) from negative (70’s). I wish to study Real GDP, TFP growth of WB and role of share of registered manufacturing in this growth accounting appropriately for state and central Government policies and relation between these different levels of Government in this period in my next project. Currently I am working on an econometric project that tries to capture business cycles in India (1991Q2-2004Q2) in a multidimensional context. The current emphasis in this field is on analyzing and explaining the linkages between monetary policy, inflation and the real business cycle (Lucas (1997), Gali (2000)). In my project the best-fit VAR involving output gap (estimated using univariate detrending technique, ref: IMF estimate of potential output: Theory and Practice, P.R. De Masi, 1997), inflation and interest rate reveals parameter instability (Bai-Perron (1998)) around 1996.This coincides with the beginning of a current business cycle in India (for dates see Dua and Banerji, 1999). But over any particular cycle the estimated model is found to be stable (5% Andrew’s test). This is an empirical indication that there is some relation involving these real and monetary variables over any business cycle even for a developing country like India, the precise nature of which is subject to further theoretical investigation. Also this project establishes rising role of US real interest rate in explaining fluctuations of economic activity in India with advancement of liberalization studying variance decomposition and impulse responses over different sub samples. With a financial econometric project still to come, I am quite confident that the econometric tools acquired here will go a long way in honing my empirical skills.

All these courses I liked but loved I the course on modern growth. For a developing country like mine growth is not just a passion but an economic compulsion on the part of the policy maker. The papers of Solow (1956), Lucas (1988), Barro (1990), Romer (1986,1990), Aghion-Howitt (1992,1998), Grossman- Helpman (1991) introduced me to the main issue of growth theory– why different countries grow at different rates, while the papers by Alesina-Rodrik (1994), Persson-Tabellini (1994), Benabou (1996) offered a fascinating framework of studying inequality and growth incorporating political considerations.

But even this could not fully quench my thirst for more realistic theoretical insights. In the very first year of undergraduate study the paper: “Rational Fools: A Critique of the Behavioral Foundations of Economic Theory” by A.K.Sen (1977) led me to search for more realistic psychological foundations of economics. Over the course of graduate study my interest guided me through the works of Rabin (1998,2002), Camerer-Loewenstein (2002), Barberis-Thaler (2002),Thaler-Mullainathan (2000) among others and introduced me to economic agents, different from “Homo Economicus” in displaying bounded rationality, bounded willpower and bounded self-interest. This made me feel the thrill of a revolution unfolding and today I want to be a part of this excitement. In particular through my research I would attempt to improve the realism of the psychological underpinnings of economic analysis for suggesting better policy.

But then economic performance depends on policy implementation and individual decisions in a given policy structure. Political interests and incentives of the Government have profound impact on policy choices but in a democracy individual preferences constitute a core factor in guiding these interests. Thus Government and individual decisions are inter-related in more than one way with the causality running in both directions. And I would like to bring together the macroeconomics of policymaking and the psychology of decision making to explain growth performances of economies.

I believe this strand of work will particularly prove to be useful in studying performances of developing economies. An example may illustrate the point. Standard literature focuses on differences in social contract on the two sides of the Atlantic. But the framework offered in Benabou-Tirole (2004) which brings together the literature on the political economy of redistribution and social mobility and work in “psychology and economics” dealing with cognitive dissonance, strategic ignorance and the like, can be extended to understand an interesting observation pertaining to India. This relates to the fact that while our social life attaches great value to work ethic, it does not stigmatize poverty on count of lack of hard work or will power to any great extent. This may be because while individuals have a psychology-based demand for belief in the just world (BJW), they also constantly face the reality that life may not be that fair. And resulting cognitive dissonance in a developing economy with imperfect markets, rampant political corruption and ineffective bureaucracy may be so poignant to give rise to an asymmetric BJW in the sense that while economic success is attributed to hard work and will power, economic poverty is considered to be outcomes of the ‘system’. It will be interesting to see theoretical implications for redistributive policy in such a framework and to judge its empirical relevance.

In retrospect I see my academic pursuit so far being motivated by the single objective of a career in research – a passion of contributing effectively to intriguing puzzles of economics by offering not only plausible explanations but also feasible solutions. Economics department in New York University epitomizes a vibrant academic community, rich and diverse in its research interest and dynamic in its freedom for exploration. Especially here my fields of interest: growth theory, political economy of macroeconomics and behavioral economics are flourishing under the guidance of the pioneering stalwarts in an outstanding environment. This is why I look forward to NYU to turn my passion into concrete abilities– not just to acquire a foundation of knowledge about how the economy works but to explore what new wonders lie ahead.

NYU is surely a place on earth where I simply dream to belong to. And I am confident that given an opportunity to study here I will be able to live up to the standards that befit a student of such a hallowed institution both in terms of academic commitment and responsibility towards economic development of mankind.

Statement of Purpose

Name: xxx; Program: Mathematics

Since my early childhood I have been interested in subjects that involve thinking rather than reproducing things memorized previously. To be more specific, mathematical problems interested me the most. For example, the question “With how many zeros does 1000 factorial end?” and its solution fascinated me. When in Class IV I used to wonder how one defines quantities like ‘5 to the power ½’; later when I learnt these things formally I verified my initial intuition.

My first achievement in academics came when I was in Class V. I was selected in the All India Talent Search Exam. Later my love for challenging mathematical problems drew me to the Regional Mathematics Olympiad where I was one among the thirty students selected from my state.

Even before completing school, I decided to take up Statistics and Mathematics for higher studies, and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) seemed like a natural choice: apart from some outstanding teachers who are stalwarts in their respective areas, this was the common thread that bound personalities like P.C.Mahalanabis, C.R.Rao, S.R.S.Varadhan and K.R.Parthasarathy. I was selected for the B-Stat (Hons.) program of the I.S.I. Success in this exam added to my confidence since it is a highly competitive one that selects around forty students out of more than five thousand examinees all over India.

In four out of the six semesters of B-Stat, I stood first. I was also awarded the ISIAA medal for topping the course on an aggregate. After the B-Stat, I joined the M-Stat program of the same institute, and am now in my second year, specializing in ‘Advanced Probability’.

My vacations were spent studying beyond the syllabus. With this in mind I participated in the Visiting Students’ Research Program at the School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research one summer. I was rewarded by the privilege of attending lectures by great names like Prof M.S.Raghunathan, and the opportunity to study Galois Theory.

While at ISI I worked on several projects, almost all of which involved huge amounts of computations and in the process I learnt the mathematical software MATLAB. These projects gave me the scope of practical applications of the methods I learnt in the class. I undertook work in Multivariate statistical methods, Generalized linear models, Regression techniques among other topics.

The probability and mathematics courses in ISI, especially the former, had immense influence on me. For example the ‘Central Limit Theorem’ impressed me: it explained why the average of errors, when the average is taken over a large number of experimental units, is assumed to be normally distributed, – a question that had haunted me since my high-school days. I also enjoyed the course on measure-theoretic probability because it described a general set-up to unify all the different types of probability. Right now I am going through a course in Brownian motion, which will be followed up, in the next semester by a course in Martingale Theory and Ergodic Theory. I spent the lion’s share of my time and energy on the probability and mathematics courses and the fact is reflected in my scores: my average score in the Probability and Mathematics papers are 99% and 85.11% respectively.

Probability Theory is my motivation behind applying for Graduate studies. I have decided to apply to *** university because there I will be able to come in contact with some of the greatest probabilists. Moreover I will get the opportunity to interact with some of the best students. I have heard about *** university from my teachers and seniors and I also went through your web site. The areas in which research is carried on there match my interests to a great extent. The opportunity to study probability theory at *** University would be a dream come true. I am grateful to you for considering my application, a gratefulness that will increase manifold should the consideration be favorable.

(Name goes here)

Statement of Purpose

Name: xxx; Program: Engineering

A simple bridge truss was the first structure I ever analyzed. The simple combination of beams that could hold cars, trains, and trucks over long spans of water fascinated me. Having the tools to analyze the loads on the truss further increased my interest in structures. I encountered the bridge in a textbook for my first engineering class.

Knowing that the professor, Mr. John Doe, was a tough teacher, I asked him for the textbook so I could study and get ready for the class over the summer. Just arrived from Belize, I was determined to succeed. In class we learned about forces on simple members and then we put the members together to form a simple truss. At this point I had almost decided that structural engineering was the career for me. From there the class just took off: We went on to frames, distributed loads, considered friction; basically we were incorporating real world considerations into structural members. I loved the practical, problem solving aspects of the field.

At UC my classes were even more advanced. In my analysis and design classes, I especially enjoyed studying steel design because we not only learned the use of the load resistance factor design but also applied that knowledge — I designed a four-story building. The professor was a practicing engineer, and he always related the subject to real life steel structures he had engineered, for example, the SB Medical Center, an all steel building with a base isolated campus. This is the kind of project on which I would like to work, designing the structure and considering how the building will respond to ground motion. After two quarters of structural analysis, I had come as close as possible to analyzing real world structures. Looking back I realize, I had learned great tools for structural analysis, but my “tool box” was still inadequate. I lacked a very important tool: finite element analysis. According to my professor, finite element analysis has revolutionized structural analysis.

Although I liked my classes, my internship experiences really confirmed my interest in structural engineering. While working at Caltrans as a student volunteer, I reviewed computer grading output for streets under construction. The computer suggested numbers for the road grading, and I had to plot the numbers and make sure there were no abrupt grade changes so the water can drain off easily to the sides of the road. It was exciting to know that I was the last checkpoint before the whole project went for approval. It was enjoyable working on something real — Main Street — but I was somewhat disappointed I did not have the chance to work on any structures.

At UC I volunteered through the Student Research Program to work in the geotechnical library. I worked directly with a doctoral student and helped him to develop a geotechnical data base for the local area. I interpreted the data Caltrans had collected and recorded it in a form accessible to the computer and easy to read. It took hours to finish the job, but I enjoyed the precision involved so I did not mind putting in the time. My supervisor liked my work so much, he hired me to continue the project during the summer. Working on this project also showed me the importance of soils in determining buildings’ responses to earthquakes and awakened my interest in the response of skyscrapers to seismic stress and movement.

At First Choice U, I plan to enroll in the structural engineering and geomechanics program. In this program I hope to draw on my structural analysis and geotechnical research background as a foundation for studying more advanced concepts. I am particularly interested in researching the ties between the structural engineering, geomechanics, and applied mechanics. I believe research is necessary to acquire data and formulate theories, but it is just as important to know how to apply those theories and use that data in the real world. I hope to be involved in some structurally related research at First Choice U. I am particularly interested in two research facilities: The Structures and Composites Laboratory and the Earthquake Engineering Center.

After completing my degree in engineering and working on engineering projects, I know I want to design structures. That is what has fascinated me since I took Mr. Doe’s class. I also know, however, that designing structures of a complexity that appeals to me requires “more tools in my toolbox.” Those I can acquire only by continuing my education. To be competent and competitive I will need a masters degree. After completing my degree, I would like to work for an American engineering consulting firm and engineer complex structures and tall buildings, perhaps focusing on the problems surrounding designing for earthquakes. My long-term goals are to return to Belize and found my own engineering consulting firm there.

Structural engineering will allow me to pursue a career where I can be creatively involved in problem-solving and design functional structures, like the simple truss bridge that initially captivated me in Mr. Doe’s class. My classes, work at Caltrans, and internship in geotechnical engineering have increased my knowledge of and interest in structural engineering since I first looked at the textbook shortly after my arrival in the U.S. A masters degree will give me the up-to-date tools and knowledge to be competitive and competent.

This is the link for a number of sops I found useful personally

Some others are


and here

There are many that one can use available on the internet.Do a google search.

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US graduate School Application Checklist

Following is the Admission checklist for univeristy of Arkansas.The same format applies to all other universities.So this is how it goes:

1- Fill out grad school application for that university and pay application fee.( you can do it online or by bank draft ).

2-Send your bachelors transcripts.( Your BTech/BE/BSC marksheets ).It needs to be sealed and sent directly from the school.Since no Indian university would do that you have to get the marksheets put it in an envelope and ask them to seal it.If they don’t do it I guess you can find other ways.LOL.

3- Send two recco letters.This too must be sent directly by professors.So it’s your responsibilty to have the recco letter signed by professor and then put it in an envelope and have them sign/seal across the envelope.If they don’t do it I guess you can find other ways.LOL. Some of the universities give an option for online reccomendation which can be a convenient process but might be pretty ponderous if your professor seldom uses the internet. 4- Send statement of purpose/Intent

5- Send your GRE scores ( That’s why you have to take the GRE test, they need it to evaluate your application for admissions, it’s mandatory.)

6- Send your toefl score ( This is not used to evaluate your application, rather as a qualifying metric.One needs some 213 on the ETS test to qualify.It will have no bearing on your application. )

That’s all you need to do.

Then if you are admitted they will send you an I-20 form.

I-20 form is what you will use to apply for F1 visa, which is a student visa program that allows you to not only enter US but study there for the duration of stay.I will write another post where I will give information regarding what you need to do when you have your I-20 and need to apply for a Visa.

Admission Checklist

Requirements for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School are as follows:


A conferred baccalaureate degree. Students who have not completed their baccalaureate degree at the time of application must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework. Students who have a degree at the time of application must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. (My take: If you have scored above 60% in your bachelors then you will have a GPA of close to 4.00.Most Indian students qualify with this requirement.So not a concern.)

A checklist is provided below for the steps to admission at the University of Arkansas Graduate School.

Two copies each of all official transcript(s) from every undergraduate institution attended sent directly from each college or university to the office of graduate school.
Graduate School Application for Admission (filled out completely and signed)
Application Fee ($40.00 check or money order payable to the University of Arkansas; $50.00 for international students)
Letters of recommendation . (My take: Prepare your own letter of reccomendation and have them signed by your professor.Professors don’t have time to write recco letters for you, not in India anyway.So you better do it urself.I will post sample recco letters I used soon on this site. )
A standardized test score (i.e. GRE, GMAT) if required by the department for your degree program. The institution code for the University of Arkansas is 6866 for GRE, 2302 for GMAT. (My take:You can request ETS to send these scores on your behalf.When you register for GRE test ETS will provide you option to send your scores to 4 schools for free.You will have to pay extra if you want your scores to be sent to other schools later.)
Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship (My take:This one is for funding.You must apply for this one to stand any chance of being paid while studying.)
Statement of Interest (My take: Prepare a generic template and modify it slightly depending on the school you are applying for.I will post a sample soon. )

If you qualify and are interested, submit your application and other materials today!
University of Arkansas Grad school admissions checklist
Univeristy of Houston Grad school admisions checklist
University of Cincinnati Grad school admissions checklist

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How to begin the application process for US graduate Schools?

1. First things first. Write your GRE !! It’s important that you have this one out of the way.The score is valid for 5 years.So get it done as soon as possible and use it whenever you are ready.Just use the prep books I used ( mentioned in previous blog already ) and you should do well.Take my word for it, it’s easier than preparing for GATE and MBA.If you can score above 700 in quant and 500 in verbal you have done well enough.However I have seen people scoring 1400 ( quant + verbal + analytical ) and yet getting admits.So keep things in perspective while judging your performance.

Note:Read posts under GRE to register, prepare for GRE.

2. Secondly write your TOEFL. Use the Princeton prep book for Toefl.It took me a week to prepare for toefl.It couldn’t take you any longer.213 is the minimum and you will beat that by a healthy margin.Again take my word for it.You won’t realize how easy it is until you have finished writing the test.

3. So now that you have your GRE & TOEFL score, it’s time to get your reco letter and SOP (statement of purpose)ready. Use any of the samples posted in this blog and play around with it to come up with your own.Once your reco letter & SOP template is ready, keep them handy until you finalize your school.Once the school is finalized you can modify those templates just a little bit and send them to respective schools.

4. Select a school from the US news engineering directory. The following are the top 50 engineering schools as per us news rankings for 2008. However I caution you not to get too caught up in rankings as eventually there is very little qualitative difference between US grad schools unless it’s in top 10.The mistake most people make is they get too preoccupied with the rankings of school, whereas the wisest thing to do is to look for schools where funding can be obtained.Eventually when it comes to looking for a job after graduation it doesn’t matter if you are from a ranked 13 school or from ranked 83.So my advice is to go through the engineering school directory, pick a school, browse to the grad school website, contact the department professors with admissions and funding possibilities based upon your undergrad score and GRE scores.Also it helps a lot to visit the ISA sites of those schools ( Indian Students Association sites ) and contact present students and ask them any questions you might have regarding admissions, visa related questions etc.They are the most helpful blokes for the future desi grad students.

5. So you did as I mentioned in step 4 and selected the school.Now it’s time to go to the admissions checklist for that school and follow them completely.I have mentioned all the docs that is required for grad school admissions in previous blog post.However make sure that you provide all the docs as asked by the grad school, that might not be covered in this blog.But in general admission check list is as blow:

i.Grad school application must be filled.
ii.Pay the application fee, online or in shape of bank draft mailed to the grad school.
iii.Send a copy of undergrad transcript.Sealed and signed.
iv.GRE scores & TOEFL scores, sent directly by ETS.
v.Send recco letters, sealed and signed.
vi.Send SOP.Signed and dated.

By the way note that some schools have spring admissions where as all schools have Fall admissions.Make sure that your application is complete that is all your application materials have reached the Graduate school admissions committee before the slated deadlines.

6. Now keep your finger crossed and wait for a decision.If admitted respective school will contact you to send them the affidavit of financial support and supporting financial documents.

7. Once the school receives the financial docs, they will send you an I-20 form that you will use to apply for a student visa ( F1 ).

8. Now that you have your I-20 get ready for applying for F1.That means keeping your financial documents among others ready and take an appointment with US consulate in India.You can take your appointment online ( I went to kolkatta consulate as it was nearer to Bhubaneswar, Odisha ) and get the date for an Visa interview.Once you have visa then it’s time to cheer up and make plans to fly to US of A.

(NOTE: I will cover the visa process in detail in another post. Also I will cover how to schedule for your GRE and TOEFL test in another blog.)

Top 50 engineering school ranking is as below:

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 Stanford University (CA)
3 University of California–Berkeley
4 Georgia Institute of Technology
5 University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
6 Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

7 California Institute of Technology

7 University of Southern California (Viterbi)

9 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

10 Cornell University (NY)

11 University of Texas–Austin

12 Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)

13 University of California–San Diego (Jacobs)

14 Texas A&M University–College Station (Look)

14 University of Wisconsin–Madison

16 University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli)

16 University of Maryland–College Park (Clark)

18 Princeton University (NJ)

19 Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY)

19 University of California–Santa Barbara

21Northwestern University (McCormick) (IL)

21Pennsylvania State University–University Park

23 Harvard University (MA)

23 University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

23 University of Washington

26 Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (MD)

26 Ohio State University

26 University of Florida

29 University of Pennsylvania

30 Duke University (NC)

30 Rice University (Brown) (TX)

30 University of Rochester (NY)

33 Virginia Tech

34 North Carolina State University

34 University of California–Davis

36 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

37 University of California–Irvine (Samueli)

37 University of Virginia

37 Yale University (CT)

40 University of Colorado–Boulder

41Boston University

42 Lehigh University (Rossin) (PA)

42 Vanderbilt University (TN)

42 Washington University in St. Louis (Sever)

45 Case Western Reserve University (OH)

45 Iowa State University

47 Dartmouth College (Thayer) (NH)

47 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–New Brunswick

47 University of Delaware

50 Arizona State University (Fulton)

50 University of Pittsburgh

Electrical Engineering Rankings
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stanford University (CA)
3. University of California–Berkeley
4. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
5. California Institute of Technology
6. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
7. Georgia Institute of Technology
8. Cornell University (NY)
9. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
10. Princeton University (NJ)
Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)
University of Texas–Austin
13. University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli)
University of Southern California (Viterbi)
15. University of Wisconsin–Madison
16. University of Maryland–College Park (Clark)
17. University of California–San Diego (Jacobs)
18. Rice University (Brown) (TX)
University of California–Santa Barbara
University of Washington
21. Pennsylvania State University–University Park
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
Texas A&M University–College Station (Look)
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Virginia Tech
26. Arizona State University (Fulton)
Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY)
Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (MD)
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
31. Harvard University (MA)
Northwestern University (McCormick) (IL)
University of Florida
University of Pennsylvania
35. Brown University (RI)
Duke University (NC)
University of Arizona
University of Virginia
Yale University (CT)
40. University of California–Davis
University of Colorado–Boulder
Washington University in St. Louis (Sever)

The entire engineering school directory is here.

Providing links for some Indian Students Association Sites here:

ISA site for University of Cincinnati

GISO site for University of Houston

ISA site for University of Arkansas

ISA site for University of Dayton

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How to prepare for GRE.

Facts about GRE:

* GRE is far easier than GATE.

* GRE is far easier than CAT.

* GRE preparation takes 3 month max.

* GRE is the easiest of all options an engineering student has.

* GRE Quantitative test is a non-test in my humble opinion. If you are an engineering student scoring 750/800 is a given, people easily score 800/800.

* GRE verbal test people usually score around 550/800.

* Quantitative + Verbal scores are the only scores that matter for admissions.Analytical isn’t as important.

* Use the prep books mentioned below and that’s all the prep you need.You needn’t go to coaching classes for that.

The sources that I used for preparation:
Princeton GRE PREP available in most Indian book stores click here.

ETS itself provides CD with sample question that is most useful, it’s available after test registration click here.

Kaplan provides a much tougher challenge and usually one scores a 10-20% higher than the kaplan scores, this prep guide available in most bookstores click here.

PS:  Coaching classes are good for nothing.They are certainly overpaid and over hyped.Remember GRE is a means to an end.Your reason for taking  the GRE test  is to  get an admit  for  higher studies abroad.Schools judge your application on many criteria and GRE is just one of them.If you have good grades getting admission becomes very easy.

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GRE Test Structure

GRE® General Test Overview

What Is It?

The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

Verbal Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
  • analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
  • recognize relationships between words and concepts

Quantitative Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
  • reason quantitatively
  • solve problems in a quantitative setting

Analytical Writing — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

Source: ETS

Since GRE is just a medium to apply for MS in USA it’s important to note that application reviewing committee of most grad schools in USA mostly cares about your Quantitative score and your verbal score.Analytical score isn’t that important.Atleast that how it was when I applied some 5 years back.I guess that’s why ETS have overhauled the Analytical ability test to come up with new format.By the way a bad score in quant and verbal can be made up by good academic records at the undergraduate level.So good quant & verbal score isn’t the be all and end all as they might appear.

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How to register for GRE?

The best and easiet way to register is do it online through ETS website.You can select the preferred test center of your choice.I chose Kolkatta as it was nearest to Bhubaneswar.Click here.

Some other ways to register:

Registering by Phone: You may call up Prometric Delhi office until 12:00 noon to register. Make sure to call at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the test date.

Registering by Fax: If registering by fax, you must send your fax at lest SEVEN DAYS prior to your first choice of a test day.

Registering by Mail/Courier: Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and submit these to the Prometric Centre at New Delhi either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least THREE WEEKS before your choice of a test day.

On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the Prometric Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you. If you do not receive confirmation at least THREE business days before your first choice of test day, please call the Prometric office to verify your appointment.

Prometric Testing Private Limited
2nd Floor, DLF Infinity Tower – A
Sector 25, Phase ll
DLF City, Gurgaon
Haryana 122002

Tel: 91 – 124 – 4147700
Fax: 91 – 124 – 4147773

You will receive an admit card normally within a week of applying. Remember to keep a copy of the form and the draft with you.



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