Complete Your Application

Step 3

When it comes to completing your college or university application, slow and steady wins the race.

Applying for U.S. study takes time and focus. Start by reviewing your prospective college or university's application procedures and deadlines. Create a timeline detailing the documents you need, and how you intend to retrieve them. Recommendation letters take the longest, and since most of you are applying to more than one college or university, it's best to start early.

Irrespective of the level of study you want to pursue (undergraduate or graduate), the application process generally includes compiling these documents:

Education Credentials
  • This is typically your secondary/high school diploma and transcripts, as well as any final national exams required in your country.
  • Transcripts are certified copies of your educational record, courses, and grades.
  • An original transcript or certified copy sent by your secondary/high school is generally required for each institution you apply to for admission, along with translations into English.
Standardized Test Scores
  • Many colleges and universities in the U.S. require standardized testing as part of the application process.
  • Although admission policies vary, SATs, ACTs, GRE and TOEFL scores may be required to assess your academic ability and English proficiency level.
Recommendation Letters
  • The head or principal of your school, your school counselor, your tutor, teachers, coaches, or supervisors from professional experiences may write recommendation letters.
  • Your recommenders must be able to write about your work and be able to assess your potential to do well pursuing a higher education degree.
  • Be sure to choose someone who knows you well.
  • Rule of thumb: get in touch with recommenders early in the application process.

Essay/ Personal Statement
  • This is your chance to write about your interests, long-term goals, and strengths - one of the most important aspects of your application.


How can EducationUSA Advisers in Pakistan help you with your application process?

Advisers can help guide you through the application process and provide feedback on different parts of the U.S. college or university application. You can speak to an Adviser about your study goals, attend free GRE, SAT and TOEFL workshops, enroll in paid GRE, and SAT classes, and access our library resources. Signing up for our free advising services also means that you will be notified about events taking place at our centers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, and when U.S. college and university representatives visit Pakistan.

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