How to apply for University Admissions


Applicants must follow instructions and submit relevant documents in order to apply for admissions according to the college/university’s official guidelines, which is accessible through their official websites. Students can often apply online or through paper application. U.S. academic institutions set their own admission standards, and selectivity varies based on the institution. The applicant should give sufficient time to prepare the necessary documents for admissions. The applicant must also apply for a student visa in order to study in the U.S.

Most U.S. institutions have staff members evaluate the student’s academic credentials. In some cases, you may be asked to send your records to an academic credential evaluation agency. You can begin your academic credential evaluation by clicking here. However, the final decision on whether you are admitted is entirely up to the U.S. institution to which you are applying.

Application package includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Essay / Personal Statement
    • Themes include academic/personal background, abilities, goals, reasons for studying in the U.S., etc.
  • Letters of References / References
    • Teachers, professors or employers may write them
  • Academic transcripts
  • Work experience and/or extracurricular activities
  • Standardized exam scores
  • Application fee (usually non-refundable) in the form of a check in U.S. dollars
  • Required financial statements
    • This is to show proof that you can support yourself while living and studying in the U.S.

Diplomadesk recommends making copies of all documents and mail the originals to the U.S. institution. Most institutions require admission/placement tests in order to determine where to place students in the program of study. Some may ask for more information or document after you submit your application, such as a portfolio for art students. Applicants should send their completed package to the director of admissions and/or chairman of department to which they are applying. Applicants must submit their scores with the rest of their application. Please ensure adequate time to take your exam, receive your score, meet and send the application on time.

Undergraduate Standardized Tests

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – to ensure that students have proficiency in English to succeed in classes
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) – standardized national admission tests to compare the scores of applicants

Graduate Standardized Tests for specific programs:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE)
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) – used for liberal arts, science or math admissions
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – used for business schools/study for MBA programs
  • Law School Admission Testing Program (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Dental Admission Testing Program (DAT)
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Optometry Admission Testing Program (OAT)