Frequently Asked Questions
With so many universities and colleges in the United States, how do I determine which one is the right fit for me?
Selecting the right college is a very important decision for a student, many factors can have an impact on the decision. A student should consider the major they are pursuing, tuition fee of the institution, living cost of the area, campus size and other amenities available at the university before making the final selection. AdmissionWiz search engine allows you to research colleges and universities based on various criteria to find and select your perfect match. Adjust your search criteria based on your personal preference to narrow down your options and find the ideal institution for your higher education.
What is the difference between a college and university?
Colleges offer only undergraduate degrees while universities offer graduate degrees and PhD programs as well, but the terms are often used interchangeably.
What is the difference between an Associate, Undergraduate and Graduate degree?
An Associate degree is a two-year program that either leads to a specific vocation or transitions to a bachelor program. Undergraduate programs follow high school and lead to a bachelor (four-year) degree. Graduate programs follow a bachelor’s degree and lead to a master’s or doctoral degree. A Masters two-year degree provides additional specialization. Doctorate programs, usually five to eight-year programs certifying the student as a trained research scholar and/or professor.
What is a community college?
Community colleges are typically state-supported and provide the first two years of a four-year undergraduate degree. Students attending a community college have the option of graduating with an Associate Degree or trasfer the credits over to a 4 year University and complete a Bachelor/Undergraduate program. Community colleges offer lower costs, easier admission policies, close ties to state schools,and many of the required courses connected to a degree.
What is an Accredited University? And is it important?
Accreditation in the U.S. is a stamp that a college or university meets basic standards. Unlike other countries, the U.S. federal government does not accredit schools. Instead, accreditation is handled by a wide range of other organizations. Accreditation helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum quality standards, helps students determine acceptable institutions for enrollment and assists institutions in determining acceptability of transfer credits. To help you with the search, AdmissionWiz only includes colleges and universities that are accredited on our database.
What is the difference between a state and private university?
State universities are funded by the US States and are generally larger in student population and less expensive to attend. Private universities generally have higher tuition fees compared to state institutions. At most state universities, the tuition rate for in-state students is a lot lower than out-of -state students and international students. The tuition fees listed on the AdmissionWiz search platform are specifically for international students
Should I apply online or with a paper application?
Check with the college to see which is preferred. Most colleges prefer online applications because they are easier to review and process—some even offer a discount in the application fee if you apply online. Applying online can also be more convenient for you—it’s easier to enter information and correct mistakes. Whichever method you choose, be sure to tell your school counselor where you have applied so your school transcript can be sent to the right colleges.
Does it cost to apply to a college or university? Where can I find the application fee?
Yes, most colleges and universities have a non-refundable application fee for international students. You can find out the application fee for a specific college on the AdmissionWiz search page. Some universities have $0 application fees for international students. A few universities have waived the application fee for the 2021 Academic year due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Please explore the AdmissionWiz search engine to find institutions with zero or low application fees.
Do colleges and universities check a prospective student through social media to make admission decisions?
Every part of your application is important. A Kaplan survey found that 29% of admissions officers surveyed have used Google to search for an applicant and 31% visited an applicant’s Facebook or other social media profile. While some colleges do check on a student’s online presence, not all have the time or resources to check up on everyone – but it does happen.
How many colleges/universities should I apply to?
There is no standard number of colleges in which to apply, we recommend that students apply to about 3-9 possible to likely colleges. The task of applying to nine colleges can be overwhelming and stressful enough. A student who is applying to 15-20 schools has obviously not done his/her research. When writing essays for 20 different colleges, it’s less likely that those essays will be powerful statements. Students who are considering applying to more than 8-9 colleges need to consider the time and energy they can devote to completing so many good applications. The quality of a completed application is more important than the number of completed applications.