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Path to higher studies in us


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Path to higher studies in us

  1. 1. + Path to Higher Studies in US (M.S. in Engineering Discipline) Presented by Vikranth Gopalakrishnan (2002 Mech. Engg.) Credits for material: Apoorva Musunuri
  2. 2. + Agenda n Objective of this session n Introduction n Why pursue M.S. in The United States? n How to apply for M.S. ? n Tips for your applications n Questions
  3. 3. + Objective of this session n Provide general information for all students on why to pursue M.S. in the United States n Provide useful information for students who are interested or in the early stages of application process. n Provide tips & answer specific questions for students who are are actively engaged in the application process.
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  5. 5. +General information •  Pursuing higher studies in US is one of many options, good options are available in India and in other countries as well. •  Several top universities for graduate engineering school are located in United States. •  US universities are home of the several state of the art research labs & centers. •  US universities offer several funding options for your graduate education. •  US leads the Global economy with plethora of entry level job opportunies. •  US university fosters an environment that aids innovation & entrepreneurship •  US is a diverse, laid back, fun loving place, making it a great place to enjoy higher studies.
  6. 6. + Application Requirements n Application form n Application Fee n 2 to 3 Letters of Recommendation n Unofficial / Official Transcripts n Self reported/ Official ETS reported GRE score n IELTS or TOEFL n Statement of Purpose n Supplemental Questionnaires n Financial ability form Typical Application Deadline Spring – Sep/Oct Fall - Dec/Jan
  7. 7. + GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Tips for Verbal Reasoning n  Princeton Review n  Barron’s GRE Words list n  Kaplan n n (for reading comprehension) n for mnemonics to easily learn words (mnemonics are basically an easy way to remember words or phrases). n  Avoid using Magoosh word lists n  Practice using the words within a context – understanding how to use the word is more important than just knowing the word or its meaning.
  8. 8. + GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Tips for Quantitative Reasoning & Essay n  Practice! Practice! Practice! n  Free online GRE Tests by ETS, Kaplan, Princeton Review and Manhattan Review. n  Refer to Nova’s Free GRE Math Bible if time permits. n  Princeton material has some good tricks to solve GRE math problems quickly and easily. n  Try to find someone trained to grade your GE essays. Use the guidelines given in the official ETS GRE book for correct grading.They even have sample essays and practice questions which are very useful to get a good idea. ETS also gives sample essay topics on their website for you to practice with.
  9. 9. + Free Practice Test n  GRE - Manhattan Free Full Length n  GRE - Kaplan’s Free Full Length Test n  GRE - Princeton Review’s Revised GRE Practice Test n  GRE - ETS GRE Powerprep n  GRE - MyGRETutor’s 4 free full-length tests n  GRE - 800Score’s free full length revised GRE test n  TOEFL – ETS Guide for TOEFL
  10. 10. + Selecting Universities n n n rankings n  Reach out to seniors.
  11. 11. +Statement of Purpose n  It all begins with your interest and ambitions in your specific field of engineering. n  Answer two specific questions n  Why are you a good fit to the university ? n  Why is the university a good fit for you ? n  Remember R & R – Demonstrate Rigor & Relevance n  Also remember to start early.
  12. 12. + Recommendation Letter n  Remember – do not write the letter yourself. Its OK to interview the person providing the reference letter and then develop a draft based on it. n  It needs to discuss about your competence, credibility and confidence through specific incidents/events
  13. 13. +Scholarships n  Reach out to seniors and actively build a network. n  Reach out directly to faculty in the university. n  Apply through the department. n  Reach out to other scholarship sources such as J.N.Tata Endowment fund, K.C.Mahindra Edu Trust, Rotatory scholarship, American Alumni association, Fulbright scholarship, R.D. Sethna scholarship, Inlakhs, Narotam Shekhsarai and Toefl scholarship
  14. 14. + Key takeaways n  US universities are an excellent option for higher education n  Start the process as early as you can. n  GRE/TOEFL is required as a part of most applications but is not the only thing that influences your admission decision n  Statement of Purpose is an extremely crucial component of the application, so start early and go through a few iterations to get it correct. n  Recommendation letters need to be solid and relevant. n  Leverage key online resources to select a good university. n  Build a strong network of seniors and other friends – It is an extremely valuable asset.
  15. 15. + Appendix
  16. 16. +Top US Universities for Engineering Grad School
  17. 17. + GRE
  18. 18. + TOEFL n The TOEFL iBT test provides scores in 4 skill areas — Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing — and a total score: Reading 0–30. Listening 0–30. Speaking 0–30.