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|University||General Admissions Rate|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4%|
|University of Chicago||6.2%|
|Johns Hopkins University||6.5%|
|University of Pennsylvania||4.7%|
|California Institute of Technology||6.7%|
|Washington University in St. Louis||16%|
|University of Notre Dame||19%|
|University of California, Berkeley||17.5%|
US News 2023 National Rankings
The US and UK offer a variety of options when it comes to studying at some of the finest institutions around the world. Here are some highlights of each education system to help you decide which path is best for you:
|US Education System||UK Education System||Both|
|Flexibility due to a unique liberal arts education||A focused and in-depth approach to learning||Unrivalled resources and professions at top universities|
|A wide range of clubs, activities, and extracurriculars||Financial assistance less significant due to lower costs||Global reputation and recognition as leaders in higher education|
|Various scholarships and financial aid opportunities||Shorter path to some professions (e.g. law, medicine)||Access to elite graduate and internship opportunities|
|Ability to compete athletically at an elite level with recruitment & scholarships||The tutorial system at top UK universities such as Oxford and Cambridge||Extensive alumni network and low student-faculty ratio|
US universities look for all-rounder applications and value your extracurriculars and essays more when compared to UK universities.
If you want to study in the USA from the UK, here is what top American colleges require:
You can apply to lots of universities in the US: the Common App allows you to apply to up to 20 colleges and you can submit multiple other applications through different portals or directly to some schools. We, however, recommend you apply to 5-8 universities; a mixture of reach, target and safety schools.
|Common App||Accepted by 900+ universities (Ivy League and many top public and private colleges)|
|Coalition App||Accepted by 150 universities|
|University of California Application||All UC Schools|
It’s no secret that US universities are expensive: on average they can cost around $55,000 a year. There are 6 universities in the US that are need-blind for international students; Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Amherst & Dartmouth. These universities will not take your financial need into consideration when reviewing your application and will meet 100% of your financial aid need if you’re admitted.
A few other universities offer need-based scholarships but they will take your financial situation into consideration when reviewing your application so you’ll have to work even harder to stand out.
UK students are eligible to apply for scholarships offered through their chosen university. Some scholarships have specific requirements, so it’s important to check with the university to find out the details.
The types of scholarships international students can apply for include:
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