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Study Abroad Grants/Scholarships for Indian Students

  By: Saranya on Sept. 15, 2019, 3:46 a.m.

Select List of Study Abroad Grants/Scholarships for Indian Students

1. GO Overseas Scholarship:
2. Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation: Scholarship for both undergrad and postgrad in UK, Canada and USA. Ex...

A Primer: Everything You wanted to know about Financial Aid, but didn't know who to ask

  By: Saranya on Aug. 18, 2019, 6:20 a.m.

A Primer: Everything You wanted to know about Financial Aid, but didn't know who to ask

Some of the most frequent questions that we get asked on this forum are pertaining to financial aid. People want to know about scholarships, about how much fi...

Re: What are the Benefits of Applying Early?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 16, 2019, 4:51 a.m.

A few of the benefits of applying early are:
- Many schools have higher acceptance rates and it shows commitment to the school (if you get deferred etc)
- If you get in, you don't need to submit any other applications. This saves both time and...

A Day in My Life @UPenn

  By: Saranya on Aug. 11, 2019, 12:01 a.m.

Hey everyone. I’m Saranya, a rising sophomore at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) from New Delhi, India. I’m currently pursuing a dual degree between the College of Arts and Sciences and The Wharton School of Business, which means I’m getting a ...

Re: grades

  By: Saranya on Aug. 9, 2019, 2:12 a.m.

Most US colleges have a GPA scale, based on a 4 point system. You get letter grades per course that translate into GPA points. Some classes are also graded on a curve. Your letter grade for most classes is calculated through a combination of e...

Re: How did you choose a counselor?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 9, 2019, 2:08 a.m.

I took recommendations from people who went to the colleges I was interested, researched the counsellors myself and took appointments to see which ones I liked the best. Then, also taking price into consideration, I picked the one who worked t...

Re: How can I stand out from the other applicants?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 8, 2019, 10:13 a.m.

My biggest advice on this is that you should be spiked, not well rounded. That means that if you're passionate about something, go all out on it. For example, if you're passionate about economics, take the hardest economics class available at ...

Re: How long does it take for the admission process?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 8, 2019, 12:35 a.m.

I'm not really sure what you're asking. Applications for Early Decision/Action usually rolls out in summer and is due on November 1st, with decisions coming out mid December. For the regular decision process, applications are due in early Janu...

Re: What are the most important things to remember while writing the essays?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 7, 2019, 11:52 p.m.

A few tips for writing essays:
- Remember to include your personality. Be unique, don't stick to typical essay cliches and think outside the box. I included things like my Instagram and my dog in my essay
- Include small details about yourself...

Re: How much do standardized test scores matter if the applicant has super unique ECs?

  By: Saranya on Aug. 7, 2019, 11:46 p.m.

Standardized test scores definitely matter but they aren't a make or break factor in an application. There are may people who are admitted with less than the norm standardized test scores if they have great school academics and EC's. That bein...

Re: Who reviewed your essays? Who are the best people to review the essays?

  By: Saranya on July 30, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

My essays were reviewed by my counsellor, my parents, SAT tutor and English teacher. Definitely go to people who know you and your strengths well as well as people who have experience in knowing what makes a good essay.

Re: How do you decide whether to take the SAT again? Any rule of thumb?

  By: Saranya on July 30, 2019, 11:19 p.m.

Check out the 75th percentile SAT scores of the colleges that you're considering. If your score falls within that range, then you don't need to take it again. If not, definitely consider it.

Re: Do letters of recommendations differ depending on the College I am applying to?

  By: Saranya on July 30, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

No. They are general

Re: I am looking for some tips on writing essays for the Top US Colleges? What are some things to consider in picking a topic? Thanks Ashok

  By: Saranya on July 26, 2019, 12:30 a.m.

Firstly, let the common application prompts guide you. Read through them and see which one will help you showcase your personality and accomplishments the most. Make sure that this prompt will help provide material that's cohesive for the rest...

Re: Do I Apply Early or Not to Apply Early? That is the question. How should I be making this decision?

  By: Saranya on July 26, 2019, 12:08 a.m.

I chose to apply early decision to the University of Pennsylvania. I chose to do so because I was applying for a highly specialized dual degree programme that encouraged ED if it was your first choice (which it was for me). I visited Penn's ca...

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