Research Your Options

Step 1

The first step to studying in the United States is researching your options to find a college or university that best fits your needs. You shouldn't try to match yourself to the school, but rather find the school that matches you and your priorities and long-term goals.

Remember, no official ranking system exists for colleges and universities in the United States. The best college or university is the one that is best for you and meets your requirements: academic, financial, and personal.

You should begin your research at least 12 to 18 months before the academic year in which you hope to attend a U.S. college or university. Choose your level of study (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and answer these basic questions to learn more about researching your options:

  • Why do you want to study in the United States?
  • Where will you fit in best?
  • Which colleges or universities will meet your needs?
  • Will you need financial assistance?
  • What are the application and financial aid deadlines?
  • Where do you want to live in the United States?

Keep in mind that the schools you apply to must be certified by the Student Exchange Visitor Program. You can find a searchable list of certified schools on the Department of Homeland Security's Study in the State's website.


How can EducationUSA Advisers in Pakistan help you research your options?

Advisers can help guide you through the application process and provide feedback on different parts of the U.S. college or university application. You can speak to an Adviser about your study goals, attend free GRE, SAT and TOEFL workshops, enroll in paid GRE, and SAT classes, and access our library resources. Signing up for our free advising services also means that you will be notified about events taking place at our centers in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, and when U.S. college and university representatives visit Pakistan.

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