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How To Get Admission Into U.S. Universities From India

How To Get Admission in U.S. Universities From India?

Did you know that according to STATISTA, 20.3 million students enrolled for undergraduate degree courses in the academic year, 2022 – 23? That’s probably why more Indian students ask their USA Visa Consultant this question: How do I get into U.S. universities from India?

Indian students today have a range of options to select from the over 5,300 leading educational institutions, plus 2,000 more such institutes offering undergraduate courses in various disciplines. 


The U.S. Educational System

You have approximately 4,500 authorized higher education institutions in the USA. Once you complete 12th grade, you can pursue a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. You can choose from several post-secondary education options like state-funded colleges, community colleges, and private universities offering two-year degree courses. If you look to specialize in engineering and applied sciences, you have institutes of technology offering several options. 


Benefits of Studying in the US after 12th

Indian students find it advantageous to study in the U.S. after 12th. The country boasts premium educational institutions offering world-class education, with 33 colleges figuring in the top 100 list according to QS World Rankings 2022. Students can benefit from the best research opportunities, advanced technology, flexible curricula, and a diverse and exciting campus culture that includes non-academic activities. 


Eligibility Criteria to Study in the U.S.

Students aspiring to study in America must meet specific eligibility criteria. The primary requirement is that your 12th-grade GPA must be between 2.50 to 3.60. More importantly, a qualifying score in the English language proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and other tests like (SAT and ACT) are essential. Also, a well-written Statement of Purpose and letters of recommendation are required. For eligibility, you must be 18 years old, and carry an acceptance letter from a U.S. university. 


Minimum Educational Qualifications:

  •       Undergraduate Degree Course: Must have completed 12th grade with a minimum of 60%
  •       Postgraduate Degree Course: Must have completed an undergraduate degree course in the related field of study.
  •       Doctoral Degree Course: Must have completed a postgraduate degree in the related field of study.


English Proficiency Tests:

IELTS  6.0 to 6.5
PTE  48


Entrance Exams: Minimum scores and exact test requirements vary by institution. 

For Undergraduate Courses:

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • MCAT
  • LSAT

For Postgraduate Courses:

  • GMAT
  • GRE


Documents to Submit during the Admission Process in the USA

In general, you must submit the following documents during the admission process to study in the USA after your 12th grade: 

  • Educational transcripts of previous qualifications
  • Valid passport
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • English language proficiency scorecard (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Extra-curricular activities certificates
  • Bank statements
  • SAT/ACT scorecards (GMAT/GRE for postgraduate programs)
  • Resume 



In conclusion, preparing the necessary documents is crucial to succeed in the admission process to study in the USA.  Once you have your I-20, a former US consular officer at UDETI can help you prepare for your visa interview. We offer a detailed consultation to ensure that, in addition to getting into your dream school, you can pass your visa interview gracefully and confidently. 


(This blog post was written by Yvette Bansal, a former consular officer, and Ramesh Vittal Rao, a Senior Content Writer.)


This blog does not endorse or advocate for any illegal activities. All content presented here is intended for educational purposes only. The viewpoints expressed do not constitute legal advice and are solely based on the writer’s opinions and experiences. Please use the information provided responsibly. Any advice given is of a general nature and should be applied to your specific circumstances with caution and consideration.

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