Study in USA

The USA is the numero uno destination for international students. Every year, USA receives thousands and thousands of applications for all kinds of programmes, be it undergraduate, MBA, master’s and PhD. No wonder, the USA has the world’s largest international student population.

Nearly 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students.
Please check out some of the topmost colleges and universities in the USA. Let’s start!

Ivy League Universities
The eight Ivy League universities are:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University

Non-Ivy League Universities
So, do you think this is it? Are the Ivy League universities the only top universities in the USA? If you think “yes”, then you are wrong. The USA boasts of more than 3000 universities and there are hundreds of universities (not Ivy League) which are equally or more reputed and qualitative. Here are a few of them:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • New York University
  • Duke University

Some of the top B-schools (both Ivy League and non-Ivy League) are:

  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) – Ivy League
  • North-western University (Kellogg)
  • University of Chicago (Booth)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
  • Harvard University – Ivy League
  • University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
  • Columbia University – Ivy League
  • Yale University – Ivy League
  • New York University (Stern)


Types of Degrees and Qualifications

Types of Qualification Description
Associate Degrees These are 2-year programmes which are equivalent to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree and are more job-oriented which are enough for kick-starting a career
Bachelor’s Degrees 4-year undergraduate courses in the USA that offer core courses along with majors, minors, and electives and are a rock-solid foundation for a full-fledged career
Master’s Degrees (Two types: Academic and Professional) Academic– 2-year programmes which offer specialisations in STEM, humanities, and arts. Students can lay a firm grounding and also move on to doctoral studies in their respective discipline.
Professional – The professional master’s degree programmes span from 1 to 3 years depending on the discipline and help students to proceed to a particular profession.
MBA Degrees Around 2 years’ MBA programmes in the USA for those interested in attaining a top leadership position or launching their own company. Some business schools offer a 1-year MBA program (Accelerated MBA) as well
Doctoral studies/PhD Students are required to carry out their study under the guidance of a faculty advisor and earn a PhD after successful completion of the dissertation. Usually, a PhD in the USA takes about 5 to 8 years to complete


Approximate Annual Tuition Fee

Community colleges $6,000 to $20,000
Undergraduate degree for Indian Students $20,000 to $40,000
Graduate programs (MS, MBA) $20,000 to $45,000
PhD $28,000 to $55,000

Why Study in USA

  • High Quality and World-Renowned Institutions
    As per the U.S. News & World Report, 48 of the top 100 Global Universities are in the United States. The USA provides an upgraded education that extends a competitive advantage in various aspects of career enhancement. The US is home to Ivy League and other top non-Ivy League institutions in the world.

  • Academic Flexibility
    The greatest advantage of studying in the USA is the education flexibility allowing students to choose a major after exploring different options, combine various majors and minors, get a ‘double major’ and also customise the program according to their needs and career interests.

  • Wide Range of Programs
    Did you know that a student majoring in STEM courses could also opt for humanities in US universities? Yes, almost all US universities provide flexibility to choose from a wide range of subjects, equipping students with interdisciplinary know-how according to their interests. 

  • Research and Innovation 
    The academic programs in the US train students with the skill-set to understand and contribute to the landscape of research and innovation. Did you know that technological innovations such as 3D printing and bionic prostheses are developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates, also contributing to glorious numbers of 89 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science Winners and 48 MacArthur Fellows

  • STEM OPT and Internship Opportunities
    With an emphasis on professional learning and advancement, US universities provide internship prospects to students to kick-start their career while completing their university education. Also, students pursuing a STEM course can avail a 24-month STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension to gain practical work experience in the US, thus totalling to 36 months of STEM OPT.

  • Research & Teaching Assistantship
    Higher studies in the USA grant the scope for various teaching and research assistantship opportunities for international graduate students seeking financial aid during their college education.

  • Support System for Students
    From providing assistance with Visa issues, English-language skills, financial aid, health services and other resources, US universities show exemplary leadership among other universities worldwide.

  • Higher Employability Rate
    56 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019 (Times Higher Education). Career Development Centres, annual fairs, alumni and networking events are dedicated to helping students land their desired jobs. 

  • Campus Life
    Student engagement groups in college campuses like fraternities, sororities, sports teams etc. create a warm space for international students to make friends, study, innovate, volunteer and party. 

  • See the World and Worldviews
    The opportunity of travelling across different states in the USA, experiencing varied cultures, food, art, architecture etc. introduces students to different worldviews further developing the sense of ‘Home and the World’.

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Admission Season and Timeline

Application Start Dates

The university application portals open about 9-10 months before the actual session. Since the Fall intake begins in late August/early September, applications for it start around September of the previous year

Submission of Application

University deadlines for the Fall intake fall between December-February. The deadline dates and types could differ from university to university, course to course.

Admission Results

Most of the admission decisions are announced between March and May.

Apply for Visa

For the Fall intake, it is best to apply between March and May

Academic Session Begins

There are two sessions in US universities: Fall Intake and Spring Intake. The Fall Intake is the primary/major intake. It starts from early September to December. The Spring intake starts from January till May. Please note that not all universities offer the Spring intake.

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Are there financial aids/Scholarships available to study in US?

Yes, students’ loans are available for higher studies in the US. Based on merit, international students can avail grants, scholarships, and bursaries in the US. The amount will vary basis the course and its level. For more information about scholarships, please connect our advisors.

Are US degrees recognised worldwide and what is the post study work VISA after studies?

Yes, the US is known for offering high-quality education. Hence, US degrees are accepted and recognized worldwide. After course completion, students usually get 1-year post-study work (OPT) for general courses and an additional 2 years for STEM accredited courses (STEM OPT) like business analytics.

Can students work during studies in the US?

All students with F-1 student visa are allowed to work for 20 hours per week but it should be within the Campus.

Do institutions from the US accept 15-year education system from India?

US Universities prefer a student with 16-year education for Masters/MBA. However, there are some US universities which accept 15 years of education for masters/MBA. Please talk to Manya counselors for further information.

How much does it cost to study in the USA?

Generally, tuition fees vary from $20,000-$35,000 per year for Masters/UG. For MBA, the tuition fee may vary from$50,000-$70,000 per year. Living expenses, however, may vary from $10,000 to $18,000 per year.

What are the common academic requirements to get into a US University?

For Masters, you need to have at least 60% in your Bachelors’s. To apply for an undergrad atleast 70% is recommended in your high school. For any profile having low CGPA, please connect with our counselors/advisors