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Some fascinating insights into student activities for Fall 2011 admissions into US universities for higher studies by engineering grads from India

Some fascinating insights into student activities for Fall 2011 admissions into US universities for higher studies by engineering grads from India

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  • 1. www.yournextleap.comnextLeap Fall 2011[Some fascinating insights into student activities for Fall 2011 [Collegeadmissions into US universities for higher studies by engineering grads Admissionfrom India] Trends]
  • 2. Fall 2011 US College Admission Trends for Indians – Report by nextLeapnextLeap, an advanced recommendation engine that helps Indian engineering students get totargeted colleges in the United States, has released their latest industry report on admissionpatterns and student preferences for the Fall 2011 admission cycle for engineering and sciencesgraduates. nextLeap’s unique web-based recommendation engine which runs on mathematicalmodels has helped thousands of students this year in realizing their dreams of US education.Every year, India sends out more than 35,000 students to more than 2400 US universities for higherstudies in various engineering and sciences courses. As per the latest numbers by National ScienceFoundation USA 9,240 Indian students from Computer Science and 17,150 students from othercourses like Mechanical, Industrial, Biomedical and Aerospace engineering etc. go to US every year.Some key findings from the report - Non IIT students going to US on the rise Students are slowly realising that one does not need to be an IITian anymore to get into good US schools e.g. Anna University, Chennai holds a staggering pie of 24.3% from the total applicants and education hubs like Pune and Hyderabad together send out 13% of the total student population every year. Financial Hurdles On the other hand, more than 54% of deserving Indian students are forced every year to opt for lower ranked universities with comparatively high financial assistance instead of those with good career prospects because not everyone can afford the extreme expenses. Non-conventional education on the rise While hot courses like Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are student favourites, last few years have seen non-conventional education like Management in Engineering Sciences; Operations Research etc. quickly rise to around 11% of total applications. Location matters 9/10 students apply to a lower ranked university if it is in proximity of job-rich areas. Lot of students apply to universities like San Jose State University in California Silicon Valley or Syracuse University and SUNY Buffalo near New York. But students are also aware of very low ranked universities and the risks one might have to make while studying there, especially after the recent Tri-Valley University scam.More detailed insights can be seen in the report below.This report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.
  • 3. Indian Universities: Not Just IITsWhile top notch Indian colleges like IITs have always provided a major chunk of students interestedin studying abroad, the education boom of past few years has resulted in much more selections fromPune University, Mumbai University, Anna University Chennai, JNTU Hyderabad etc. This shows thatstudents these days are more aware of global career and education opportunities, with manyapplicants coming out of small Tier III cities too. The following graph gives a better idea of non – IITapplicants which took GRE this year and applied to at least one US University.This report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.
  • 4. Popular CoursesAnd it comes as no surprise that hot courses in Indian colleges like Computer Science and ElectricalEngineering are still the vogue for higher studies because of much better job prospects. Both thecourses together constitute a whopping 70% of applications. While Civil, Chemical, Aerospace, IT etc.together hold a 9% of the pie. But the last few years has seen a rise of business related courses likeMasters in Engineering Management, Management of Information Systems etc. These help studentsgroom themselves to a more corporate lifestyle by going beyond technology. The following graphshows how the pie is shared –This report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.
  • 5. University Selection CriteriaBut US education is an expensive one, and when it comes to finding the right fit for a student, theynot only look for future prospects but also at survival during the 2 years via financial aids and feewaivers on campus. That is the sole reason how universities like Syracuse, Rochester, University ofTennessee - Knoxville, and University of Maryland etc. attract cream talent from India and otherdeveloping countries.Our research shows that a staggering 54% of users who deserve better career prospects and jobplacement opportunities end up going to lower ranked universities because of financial assistanceoffered by them. Weather is also a unique factor that has come to play in the recent years, since theNorthern Hemisphere can have much more extreme winters and summers as compared to theIndian weather conditions.To help students ease their financial burdens, nextLeap recently launched a Scholarship Finder witha database of 50+ scholarships and more than 10 crores in funding from various CSR campaigns andcharitable trusts. You can check it here http://scholarship.yournextleap.com/This report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.
  • 6. Popular US universities: Location mattersSome universities like the San Jose State University in California, despite of being low in overallrankings, give students ample opportunities for world class coursework and industry contactsbecause of the neighbouring rich areas of Silicon Valley. The same goes for Santa Clara University,San Francisco State and San Diego State Universities, who are amongst some of the top wanteduniversities by the students masses.Many students miss out on applying to such universities because of the herd mentality of going afterthe top Ivy League colleges, and end up not getting admits anywhere. But as a general rule, closeraffinity to the top cities like New York (east coast) and Los Angeles and San Francisco (west coast) isalways preferred because that provides a foot in the door for the ample jobs in top cities.Some of the top places where the student population applied for this Fall 2011 admission cycle canbe seen from the graph below –Most US universities have already started sending admits and rejects and students can do nothingbut wait. That is why nextLeap’s latest feature helps students track their universities and fellowapplicants who are being admitted and rejected. For the first time now, students can judge theirchances of getting into a university using scientific and mathematical models perfect and designedover the past one year. You can try out the University Tracker here http://tracker.yournextleap.com/This report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.
  • 7. About nextLeapnextLeap is an advanced recommendation engine to help students and young professionals maptheir "career graph" and make optimal academic and career decisions. nextLeap has unique web-based products to help Indian engineering students short-list the right American Universities,manage their application process for those universities, find better funding opportunities andconnect with fellow applicants using social elements. More information at http://yournextleap.comThis report was created by http://www.yournextleap.com You are free to use this report underCreative Commons license Attribution, as long as you credit the author for original creation.