by Kadam Chudgar Edulix Member, (2001) Graduate student
ITT Chicago USA

You need to begin the application process at least 1-2 years in advance. For eg. if you need to go in Fall 2002 you need to begin around Fall 2001 for a comfortable period of research and decision.

First of all register for the TOEFL and GRE tests on a day and time with which you are most comfortable with. As you are starting early about 2 years in advance, you will have ample time to retake these tests if you are not satisfied with your first scores.

Then you need to shortlist your list of colleges. This list should consist of approximately 10 colleges. The breakup should be 3 (long shot/hard to get in) colleges, 5 colleges that match your profile and 2 safe bet colleges. For college selection you can check out sites like Edulix.com, Petersons.com, USNews.com and Review.com.

After finalizing your colleges you need to download their application forms from the net and print them or e-mail the colleges asking to mail it to you. In the meantime study well for the GRE/TOEFL tests especially the verbal portion of the GRE. For that, start talking regularly in English. Watch a lot of English movies, read papers regularly and note down the words you don't know the meaning of in a small book for future use. Besides the GRE/TOEFL exams and application forms you also need the following documents:

I'll continue writing my path to the States in the following weeks...

Kadam Chudgar
Graduate student
ITT Chicago