Admits and Rejects
Got a reject?
Don’t go disheartened. You WILL get at least one admit but if you’re rejected by all the universities you applied to, you still have two options.
- Check programs whose deadlines haven’t passed. Shortlist and apply to those programs. REMEMBER that you must be happy to attend any of these schools if you’re given an admit. OR
- Quit your progress and start preparations to apply for the next semester (Spring). Understand where you’ve gone wrong – Low scores? Bad SOP? You have all the time in the world to make ’em right. Remember that idling 6 months doesn’t harm your career in any way.
Got an admit?
Congratulations! I know its time to party, but don’t forget to do these.
- Accept admission (Reply to their e-mail saying “I accept”).
- Request for an I20 (You’ll get a mail regarding this from the program you applied to) if its free. If it’s not, just wait for the decision from a better school. Typically universities require that you e-mail them a financial proof of funds for the first year before requesting the I20. That means, if your school requires 50,000 USD for the first year, you might have to show liquid funds of about INR 35 lakh. You have options to choose how you’ll do this.
- You can accumulate funds into your bank(s) and get a bank statement(s) OR
- You can take an education loan OR
- a combination of (i) and (ii)
- You might (or might not) have to pay for your I20 (Eg. NCSU requires that a sum of 310$ to be paid for the I20 whereas UoU requires no payment) if your financial proof is approved. You can have your I20 shipped using an AirMail (Free service – can’t track the shipment – takes 3 or 4 weeks) or an ExpressMail (Paid service – Tracking available – 3 or 4 days).
- Finalize your university and apply for your VISA.
Take a look at my admits and rejects.