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Can I apply to the US with a strong academic profile but minimal extra-curricular activities?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 by ReachIvyOutreach

Yes you can apply but most US colleges value a holistic profile.  Strong academics are an important element, but schools also look at activities outside of the classroom. Ideally you should build your profile in a holistic manner.READ MORE

What is the procedure for predicted grades?

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 by ReachIvyOutreach

Your School Counselor can upload the grades in the common App, in the Optional Report Section. However also check application instructions for each school that you are applying to as some schools also have additional instructions with regards to predicted grades.READ MORE

What financial aid options does my university offer?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

As each university has its own policies for international students, we strongly recommend that you: • Speak to the right contact at the university – it might be the International Student Services Department or Financial Aid Office. It is important to be in contact with specific colleges of interest to determine whether each college has..READ MORE

What is ‘need-blind’ financial aid?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

A term that students often come across when exploring their various financial aid options is ‘need-blind’. This simply means that students are evaluated regardless of their ability to pay full-tuition costs or not. However, only five schools – Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Amherst, and MIT are need-blind regardless of the student’s country of origin. This means..READ MORE

Where and how can I get funding?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

1. Personal Funding – this is one of the most popular ways. it generally involves funding through family and relatives. 2. University Aid – This includes: a) Merit-based scholarships, which are granted on the basis of special skills, talents, or abilities. Merit-based scholarships are usually very competitive. b) Need-based scholarships, which are awarded based on..READ MORE

How much will it cost to study in the US?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

The itemized average costs at a top university for one academic year (2015/16) are: Cost Item (in USD) Tuition: 44,000 Room & Board: 11,500 Transportation: 1,200 Other (entertainment, insurance, books): 3,500 Total Per Year: 60,200 The numbers can significantly vary based on your chosen degree, location and personal lifestyle.READ MORE

How do I prepare for the admissions interview?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

The interview is a critical final step in the application process. This is when you really have the chance to “wow” your interviewer. The interview will be conducted by either the admissions board or an alumnus of the school, depending on the interview process of each school. The interviews can take place on campus, in..READ MORE

Why are letters of recommendation important?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

Your letters of recommendation can reveal a number of things about you to the admissions team, including your academic strengths, areas of interest, personal qualities and community service. They offer insights that indicate who you are and whether you are a right fit for the college that is reading them.READ MORE

Why are extracurricular activities important?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

Engagement outside the classroom is an important aspect of the college application process. While universities look for good grades, they are more interested in well-rounded individuals. Most college applications ask about the activities that you are involved in during your free time, as it shows traits that grades alone are not able to demonstrate. For..READ MORE

Why are essays important?

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by ReachIvyHelp

The admissions committees at top schools are looking for an impressive and multi-dimensional applicant who will be able to maximize what he/she gains from and contributes to the school. Through the application, you need to showcase that you have gathered informed opinions on a wide range of subjects, in addition to those within your area..READ MORE