US Universities



There are over 2000 universities in the United States, therefore, sifting through the vast amount of information available can be a difficult job.  Refer to www.collegeboard.com for quick links to universities, SAT requirements and choosing a college and to www.educationuse.state.gov to download booklets about undergraduate study.
Those of you only interested in applying to Ivy League Universities and Colleges, click here for a list of Ivy League institutions and a short history.
To assist you in choosing the best university for you, StudyUSA is a source of impartial information on US Higher Education:

StudyUSA
J.William Fulbright Center
Marcos Drakou Street (Next to the Ledra Palace Hotel)
1102 Nicosia
Cyprus
Telephone: +357-22-669757
Fax: +357-22-669151

URL: www.studyusa.com.cy

StudyUSA services offered:

Advising:
  • Guidance in selecting and applying to American universities and colleges
  • Free weekly university workshops on 'Study in the US'
  • Library with reference material on US higher education
  • Individual advising (by appointment only)
  • Annual US University Fair
American Standardized Tests:
  • TOEFL, SAT, GRE, TSE, GMAT
  • Test preparation material for sale
Grants &Scholarships
  • Undergraduate, graduate and workshops
Administrative Services
  • Certification of educational documents

Admission Timeline:

August/September
Start researching and planning one and a half years before beginning the program.
April-August
Visit educational information centre.
Attend the Fulbright Commission's US University Workshop.
Make a preliminary list of 10-12 universities and research them.  Talk to a Fulbright Adviser about accreditation before preparing your final list of universities.
If you are interested in financial aid: check the Cyprus Fulbright Commission website, www.fulbright.org.cy or talk to a Fulbright Adviser.
Register to take the appropriate tests (registration forms available at the Fulbright Commission).
November-December
Return completed applications and enclosures by registered airmail to the universities.  If you sent on-line applications, you may only need to mail supporting documents. Most universities require a non-refundable application fee.
Contact the establishment to make sure that your application is complete ie that they received all documents and standardized test results.  When the file is complete, the admissions office will notify you of their decision to admit or not.
January-March
Admission deadlines for most universities (although some may be as early as November).  Remember that dates in the US are listed differently: Month/Day/Year instead of Day/Month/Year.
Financial aid/scholarship deadlines are normally in January/February (but may be earlier).
April-May
  • University announces acceptance/rejection.  Graduate students should receive acceptances from both the admissions office and the department to which they applied.
  • Confirm acceptance/rejection to university.
  • Apply for on-campus housing immediately.
  • You will be required to purchase the university's health insurance.
  • Receive pre-departure information from institution.
June-August
  • Receive 1-20 or DS-2019 from your university.
  • Apply to US Embassy in Nicosia for a visa (appointment for interview is required).
July
Attend the pre-departure orientation program conducted by the Fulbright Commission.
August/September
Departure.

Ivy League :

 
All of the Ivy League institutions share some general characteristics.  They are among the most prestigious and selective schools in the US; they consistently place close to the top of college and university rankings; they rank within the top one percent of the world's academic institutions in terms of financial endowment; they attract top-tier students and faculty; and they have relatively small undergraduate populations, ranging between 4,078 for Dartmouth College and 13,700 for Cornell University and modestly sized graduate student populations, ranging between 1,666 for Dartmouth and 14,692 for Columbia.  Seven of the eight schools (Cornell being the exception) were founded during America's colonial period.  Ivy League institutions, therefore, account for seven of the nine colleges chartered before the American Revolution.  The Ivies are all located in the Northeast region of the US and are privately owned and controlled.

A Short History

The Ivy League is an athletics association, founded in 1954, of eight American universities; it is named after the ivy plants traditionally covering their buildings.  The term 'Ivy League' has connotations of academic excellence, as well as a certain amount of elitism.  These schools are also sometimes affectionately referred to as the Ancient Eight.  This term is strictly colloquial and is almost always used to fuel the already intense rivalries in the Ivy League.
The Ivies and their founders share a common heritage.  In England, dissident scholars from the University of Oxford founded the University of Cambridge.  A University of Cambridge alumnus, John Harvard, bequeathed in his will a large donation to New College, which became Harvard University.  Ten alumni of Harvard founded Yale, and other Harvard alumni, such as minister Increase Mather and his son Cotton Mather, nurtured its development.  Alumni of Yale founded (or co-founded) other future Ivy League institutions: Princeton University, Dartmouth College and Cornell University.  James Manning, an alumnus of Princeton, co-founded Brown University.  Clergymen of an Episcopalian church in New York City became alarmed by the Presbyterian founding of Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey).  They established their own 'rival' institution, King's College (Columbia University), and elected as its first president a Yale alumnus named Samuel Johnson, who also served as the sole faculty member in the college's early days.  When King's College was renamed to Columbia College in 1784, Johnson's son, also a Yale alumnus, became its president.  After the University of Pennsylvania opened, its founder, Benjamin Franklin, received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale in 1753 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1762.
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