The first step in selecting a US university is to choose some four to ten universities suitable to your GRE/TOEFL test scores, Academic percentage. Short list the universities based on our profile evaluation section.
University Selection for Masters in USA, PhD
Now filter those universities based on cost of Education. One of the primary factors in selecting a US university is Cost of the Education (Tuition + Other fees+ Living expenses). Cost of the Education plays main role rather than the university ranking or anything else. Generally Schools with less less tuition fee are preferable. Generally schools below $6000 per 9 credit hours are considered as schools with low tuition..
If School’s tuition is high, then look for funding opportunities like fee waivers, assistantships available in your university particularly in your department.
If you get an admission for a high ranked university with high tuition fee and a low ranked university with less Tuition fee, then choose the school, with less cost of education.
Get details about the Funding opportunities available in the specified departments of universities where you are seeking admission. This is a very important step in University selection because a University may not offer good funding for all departments equally. Funding means Fee waivers/ Assistant-ships.
Find out whether your major in the School/University is Accredited or not. Accreditation is the certification that a school or program meets a prescribed academic standard. It is very important to know that a college or university is accredited. If you attend a college or university that is not accredited, you will not be able to transfer your credits to an accredited college or university. Your home country may not recognize your degrees, and you may not be able to get the job you want.
Always Select a School with less tuition fee and in Urban area. Because In urban areas you have the chances of getting Internships (full time jobs while pursuing MS in US). If you can get an Internship you can work for full time in USA while doing your MS, which gives you lot money to support your education.
MBA students should look into university tie ups with industries for placements. PhD students should consider the research going on in the university in their field.