United States

Overview
 
 Academic Year  August – May
 Application Timeline  November – January
 Annual Tuition Cost  $US 40,000 (can vary significantly depending on student residency and public vs. private institutions)
 Bachelor Degree  4 years
 Admission Requirements – Academic Record (Transcript)
– Standardized Testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL)
– Essays
– Teacher Recommendations
– Counselor Evaluations

 
 
 
Application Process
There are many components of US college applications and their importance can vary significantly from college to college. 
 
 
1. Request letter (s) of recommendation from teacher many weeks in advance.
 
2. Decide Application Type/Plan (click here for more information)
    
 Type      Description     Deadline  Decision

Early Decision
An early application and notification where if accepted, students are bound to attend over any other university worldwide.
Nov 1-15

December

Early Action
An early application (typically Nov 1, 15, or Dec 1) and notification that is NOT binding.  Nov 1 – Dec 1

December

Priority
This varies depending on the institution but sometimes. Somewhat similar to Early Action, applications are typically due earlier for scholarship consideration
Nov – Dec

December – January

Regular Decision
 The MOST common application type. Applications are typically due January 1 -15. Once all applications are received, then the review process begins. Decisions are not binding.
Dec 31 – Jan 15

April 1

Rolling Admission
 Applications are usually sent and decisions are made as the applications arrive on a rolling basis.

Nov – April
 3-8 weeks from when submitted
 
3. Complete and Submit Application Electronically – Of the over 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States, a little over 500 will accept the Common Application. Research each university to see how to submit an application.

4. Submit Standardized Test Results – Students should request from the testing agency (not ISM) that an official score report be sent to each university they are applying to BEFORE the application deadline.

5. Inform Counselor of Required School Documents via Transcript Request – Research what documents ISM needs to send and notify your counselor at least THREE weeks before the application deadline. Such documents could include: high school transcript, counselor evaluation (secondary school report), school profile, teacher recommendations.
Resources
CollegeBoard sponsored site aiming to help students find US colleges & universities based on certain criteria and explore careers in the US.
CTCL is a non-profit organization of member schools originally identified by author Loren Pope. These colleges are ones he identified as having a very student-centered approach to developing a life-long passion for learning.
Current student reviews and reflections on their university addressing reputations of each campus and details not typically included on college websites and publications.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for US Citizens interested in qualifying for any sort of aid to assist in paying for university.
 
Financial Aid
The following links providing information on financial aid. 
US Citizens – ISM Presentation from JUKO: Junior University Kick-off
International Citizens – ISM Presentation from JUKO: Junior University Kick-off
Athletics
Competitive sports in the US are regulated by the NCAA. To learn more, visit the following links.
        NCAA
Reviews and rankings of US colleges from current students.
CollegeBoard information about what each application type means, benefits, drawbacks, and ethics.
Look at the many pieces of the application that are considered in whether or not to accept or deny a student for admission.
Some of the common myths out there about applying to college in the US. 
Learn more about interviews as part of the college admission process.
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