International Students

College Pathways can help

According to the Academic Rankings of World Universities published annually by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University 17 of the world’s top 20 universities are American. In fact, 54% of the top 100 universities are in the U.S.

Fareed Zakaria had this to say about the perception of U.S. higher education in his book, The Post American World:

“Higher education is America’s best industry. There are two rankings of universities worldwide. In one of them a purely quantitative study done by Chinese researchers, eight of the top ten universities in the world are in the United States. In the other, more qualitative one by London’s Times higher Education Supplement, it’s seven. The numbers flatten out somewhere after that. Of the top twenty, seventeen or eleven are in America; of the top fifty thirty-eight or twenty-one. Still, the basic story does not change. With 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States absolutely dominates higher education, having either 42 or 68 percent of the world’s top fifty universities (depending on which study you look at). In no other field is America’s advantage so overwhelming.”

He goes on to add, “Here’s a statistic about engineers you might not have heard. In India, universities graduate between 35 and 50 Ph.D’s in computer science each year; in America, the figure is 1,000.”

Last year over 670,000 international students came to study in the U.S. The University of Southern California (USC) had the highest number of foreign students enrolled with 7,500, NYU was second, and Columbia University was third.

The vast majority of international students who come to the United States do so at great expense. Their aim is to further their education and earn the skills and qualifications that will help them succeed professionally. It takes a great deal of grit and determination on the part of these students to meet all the eligibility requirements for admission to U.S. institutions of higher education.

College Pathways can help guide international students with academic, testing, application, and visa requirements. We also help with credential evaluation and ensuring the authenticity of educational credentials.

Call 1-866-769-4944 for a free thirty minute consultation on your International Student needs.

International Student Application Timeline

18 months before U.S. study

  • Begin your college search
  • Register and prepare for required entrance exams (TOEFL, SAT, ACT)

12-14 months before U.S. study

  • Choose schools to which you will apply
  • Obtain forms and information and forms

11 months before U.S. study

  • Request forms and information again if necessary

10-12 months before U.S. study

  • Identify your references
  • Request transcripts from your school
  • Write your application essay or personal statements
  • Retake entrance exams if scores are unsatisfactory

10 months before U.S. study

  • Submit applications

3 months before U.S. study

  • Apply for your student visa