When applying to a University, you
need to include certain items as part of your application package. Each college
has its own set of requirements, but the sample list given below should satisfy
the needs of most colleges.
1. Bank Draft :
Prepare a bank draft in favor of the University that you are applying to, for
the required application fee (e.g. $50).
2. Admission Forms :
Include the right number of copies of your admission form (e.g. 3). Make sure
you've included all the forms required by looking up the college's application
3. Official Transcripts of
Undergraduate Coursework (2 copies) :
Prepare transcripts of all undergraduate coursework completed at the time of
applying to the US, and have all copies sealed and stamped by your undergraduate
university to make them 'official'.
4. Three Letters of
Get recommendation letters from Professors who are familiar with your
undergraduate academic work. Many Univs also ask you to include a 'Student
Evaluation Form' along with your recommendation letters. Learn how to
write a good recommendation letter by following the tips given here -
5. Personal Statement :
Your mark-sheets & score reports speak for themselves, therefore a 'Personal
Statement' is the only means you have to communicate to the admissions officer
why you deserve to be admitted to their University. Go through the
for detailed information.
6. Financial Certificate :
At the time of applying, you need to indicate sufficient funds to support your
education. Request your bank to issue a certificate as proof of the same.
7. Letter of Support :
If a relative or friend is sponsoring your education, then you have to include a
signed letter of support from them, indicating their willigness to fund your
study in the US.
8. Copy of GRE & TOEFL score
You can include a copy of your GRE & TOEFL score reports, but you should also
make sure that you pay ETS to send your scores directly to the Universities you
are applying to.
9. Additional Certificates :
Most colleges don't value certificates for extra curricular activities unless
they are directly related to your chosen field of study. But, if you have work
experience or have completed projects in your intended field of study, you
should definitely include a letter/certificate from your employer or supervisor.