Admits and Rejects

Got a reject?

Don’t get disheartened. You WILL get at least one admit but if you’re rejected by all the universities you applied to, you have two choices:

  1. 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 affect your career in any way. OR
  2. 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.

Got an admit?

First of all, Congratulations.

  1. Accept admit if needed (Reply to their mail saying “I accept”).
  2. Do not proceed to make any payments if you are waiting for an admit from a better school. Request for an I20 (You’ll get a mail regarding this from the program you applied to) if its free. If its not, just wait for the decision from a better school.
  3. If you have decided on your final university, request for the I20. Before requesting the I20, universities require that you provide them with a financial proof of funds for the first year. That means, if your school requires 50,000$ for the first yearyou have to show them liquid funds of about INR 35lakh. How do you do this? Simply put,
    1. You can accumulate funds into your bank(s) and print bank statement(s) OR
    2. You can take an education loan of the required amount (I may write about education loans in the future) OR
    3. a combination of (i) and (ii)
  4. After the program approves your financial proof, you may or may 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). Usually, you have two options for your I20 to be shipped to you: AirMail (Free service – can’t track the shipment – takes 3 or 4 weeks) and ExpressMail (Paid service – Tracking available – 3 or 4 days). Remember that you can book for your VISA slot only after you get your I20.
  5. Choose the right university based on concentration of Indian population, weather, safety of internationals in the city, cost of living, co-op programs, scholarship/TA/RA chances, number of cousins living in the area and types of jobs offered by the state. Prepare yourself mentally before applying for your visa appointment.

See my admits and rejects.