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Tips for International Students Applying to U.S. Colleges and Universities

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Many students from around the world like to come to the United States for higher education.  Applying for higher education in any country different from one’s own is not an easy decision or a simple process. Leaving one’s homeland and family can have emotional and financial repercussions.  Thus, you need to make the decision carefully.  It is possible that you may not see your family for at least a year, and also, that once you study in the U.S. you may decide to work in the U.S. after completion of your studies. Thus, a decision to pursue higher education in the U.S. or any country needs to be carefully thought out and decided upon, with input from family and friends.

Having said that, it needs to be noted that studying in the U.S. can be a wonderful experience not just in terms of traveling and seeing new places, but in terms of cultural learning and personal and professional growth.

Please click on the links below or scroll down the page for the required item.

Please note that all suggestions and information are purely directional and not the final word on international admissions to the U.S. 

Diversitydiscover.com is not responsible for the content of any of the websites recommended.

Some Tips For Applying to the U.S.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

SOME GENERAL USEFUL WEBSITES
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SEARCH
RECRUITING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
TOP 100 Colleges in the U.S./North America/World
Colleges/Universities BY STATE in the U.S.
TOP 4-YEAR Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S.
TOP ARCHITECTURE Schools in the U.S.
TOP ARTS & HUMANITIES Schools in the U.S.
TOP BUSINESS Schools in the U.S.
TOP DENTISTRY Schools in the U.S.
TOP ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.
TOP CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.

TOP CIVIL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.
TOP MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.
TOP MEDICAL Schools in the U.S.
MEDICAL SCHOOLS in the U.S. listed ALPHABETICALLY
TOP PHARMACY Schools in the U.S.

TOP GRADUATE SCHOOLS in the U.S.

Top 100 GRADUATE SCHOOLS in the U.S.

GRADUATE SCHOOLS in the U.S.

Search For Graduate Schools in the U.S.

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Why International Students chose to study in the U.S.?

 

There are several tips that can assist in successful studying in the U.S..  They include the following:

  • Apply at least one year prior to the year you are planning to go abroad to study. 
  • Ensure that the application is both professional and complete. 

 

  • Apply to numerous colleges and universities to give yourself a better chance of acceptance. 
  • Ensure that your recommendations are outstanding and speak to your personal and professional/academic achievements, as well as character.

 

  • Compose a strongly worded statement of purpose/autobiographical statement or/and any other writing sample.  
  • Study hard for the TOEFL, SATs, GRE or GMAT, whichever might be the case.  The higher the score, the better the chances of securing a scholarship, fellowship, any kind of financial assistance, including a teaching assistantship, if you are a graduate student. 

In addition to the above tips, please find below some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and links to a number of useful sites that might assist international students in the process of applying to the U.S. 

Please note that all suggestions and information are purely directional and not the final word on international admissions to the U.S. 

Diversitydiscover.com is not responsible for the content of any of the websites recommended.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) (some of the material below is from Wikipedia)

What is SEVIS (Student Exchange and Visitor Information Service)?

SEVIS: International Student Exchange and Visitor Information Service—“ SEVIS came online in the summer of 2002. It converted what was a complicated manual procedure into a centralized, web-based, automated process. SEVIS improves data collection and reporting, enhances customer service, facilitates compliance with regulations and helps ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) better monitor school and exchange programs.”  For more, read: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

SEVIS FEE: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/

What are the SATs (Scholastic Aptitude Tests)?

SATs: Scholastic Aptitude Tests—“ The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly the Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a not-for-profit organization in the United States . It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service, which still administers the exam. The test is intended to assess a student's readiness for college. It was first introduced in 1901, and its name and scoring have changed several times.

The current SAT Reasoning Test, introduced in 2005, takes three hours and forty-five minutes, and costs $47 ($75 International), excluding late fees. Possible scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections (Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing).”

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAT

Read more about rules, forms, dates, fees, etc., at:
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/international/sat/registration

What is TOEFL (Test Of English As A Foreign Language)?

TOEFL: “The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL (pronounced /ˈtoʊfəl/ TOH-fəl), evaluates the ability of an individual to use and understand English in an academic setting. It sometimes is an admission requirement for non-native English speakers at many English-speaking colleges and universities. Additionally, institutions such as government agencies, licensing bodies, businesses, or scholarship programs may require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years and then will no longer be officially reported since a candidate's language proficiency could have significantly changed since the date of the test.  Colleges and universities usually consider only the most recent TOEFL score.” Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOEFL
For registration, test centers and other relevant information, please visit: http://www.ets.org/toefl

What are WES & ACCARO in relation to evaluation of international transcripts and degrees?

WES: World Educational Services--“ WES is a not for profit organization with over thirty years’ experience evaluating international credentials” Read more at:
http://www.wes.org/

ACCARO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers—“AACRAO is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association of more than 10,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals who represent more than 2,600 institutions and agencies in the United States and in 28 countries around the world.”  Read more at: http://www.aacrao.org/about/

What is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)?

“The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.” Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graduate_Record_Examination

The official GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre/

GRE FAQs at: http://www.ets.org/gre/faq

What Is The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test?

This is an equivalent testfor graduate studies in the field of Business.  “Consisting of three main parts delivered in English and administered in test centers around the world, the GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical and writing skills that you’ve developed over time. The exam helps graduate programs assess your qualifications for advanced study in business and management. Your scores are good for five years, so you have the ability to start your graduate studies now or down the road.”  Read more at: http://www.mba.com/

GMAT FAQ’s at: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/answers-to-frequently-asked-questions.aspx?WT.svl=FAQs

What is the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)?

The LSAT “is an integral part of the law school admission process in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.” Read more at: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat.asp

LSAT Test Deadlines and Other Information: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/test-dates-deadlines.asp

Where would one find information on different VISA’s to the U.S.?

VISA Requirements & Types of Visa: http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

Where can one find information on Fellowships/Scholarships and Financial Aid for international students (Undergraduate and Graduate)applying to the U.S.?

Each university air college may have scholarships, fellowships, financial assistance for their international students.  Check with you admissions office and the office of international students. 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
http://www.edupass.org/finaid/fafsa.phtml
“The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by US citizens and permanent residents to apply for financial aid from the US federal and state governments. Colleges and universities also use the information submitted on the FAFSA for computing need-based awards. International students are not eligible for the US government aid programs (Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, and Federal Work-Study). “

LOANS
http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/international_student/

You can also check the below websites:
http://www.edupass.org/ (Edu Pass—A Smart Student Guide To Studying In The U.S.)

http://www.foreignborn.com/study_in_us/8-paying4school.htm (Foreign Born)

https://www.goodcall.com/education/paying-college-international-students/

http://scholarshipscholarships.com/international-scholarships-usa-3.html(International Scholarships)

http://www.usjournal.com/en/students/info/finaid.html (US Journal Of Academics)

http://www.worldwidelearn.com/financial-aid/international-students.htm (Worldwide Learn)

FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS--MASTER'S AND DOCTORAL:

(Some of these might be only for U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Please check eligibility on the respective websites. Also some of these might be for previous years; for latest information please contact the respective agency, university or the orgnaization)

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/ (American Association of University Women)

http://www.cdc.gov/Fellowships/ (Center for Disease Control & Prevention)

http://scholarshipstimes.info/2012/10/25/2013-cornell-university-doctoral-postdoctoral-diversity-fellowships-in-usa/  (Cornell University)       

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/prestigious.phtml (FIN- AID Scroll down for Graduate Fellowships)

http://eca.state.gov/fulbright (Fulbright Scholarships/Fellowships/Awards)

http://web.mit.edu/be/biomechanics/ (MIT Biomechanics Training Grant)

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/fellowships/ (National Academics)

http://www.nafadvisors.org/scholarships.php (National Association of Fellowships Advisors)

http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/psychology-scholarships/nsf-graduate-research-fellowship-program/ (National Science Foundation)

http://www.scholarships-links.com/country/Scholarships-in-USA.html (Scholarships Page)

http://imechanica.org/node/12509 (University of Austin, Texas)

http://www.epa.gov/jobs/fellowships/index.html (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

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What are the basic admission requirements for international UNDERGRADUATE students?

a) Very good scores in your country’s national or school leaving examination. In equivalent U.S. terms in order to secure admission and financial aid, you would need between 3.0 or 3.5 and above (depending upon the individual university’s minimum set standard) out of a 4 point scale system.
b) Outstanding SAT scores…within the first 5 to 10 percentile.
c) Outstanding Letters of Recommendation.  Tell your recommenders that they need to make it personal and very complementary, while remaining honest.  Ask for letters of recommendation only from those who truly appreciate you and your work.  Also, don’t be shy in asking for the best letter possible.  The letter MUST be specific to each university’s needs and requirements or the program that you are applying for.   Please DO NOT use a generic letter for ALL universities or colleges.
d) A well thought out, comprehensive Statement of Purpose that speaks to your strengths; personally and academically.   The statement MUST speak to the specific program that you are applying for.  Please DO NOT use a generic statement for all colleges.  A Statement of Purpose should speak to your intent (reason and purpose) for applying for that program and for studying in a particular university/college.  Strictly adhere to any length limit specified.  For more tips, please see:
http://www.collegeview.com/articles/CV/application/the_essay.html

e) An Autobiographical Sketch/Statement is about YOU.  Describe yourself, your family and your motivation for studying in the U.S. and how you believe it would affect upon your academic growth and development. If there are any special circumstances such as financial pressures, personal or academic hardships, then these should be mentioned in the statement.

f) Biographical data or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).  This document should be well structured and written in a style generally acceptable in the U.S.  For tips, please see:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4797803_write-academic-resume-college.html

http://workbloom.com/resume/sample/student-college-admissions-01.aspx
g) Additional materials such as photocopies of awards won, committees chaired, sports or extra-curricular activities.
h) A writing sample in some cases.
i) Transcripts evaluated by WES or AACRO

What are the basic admission requirements for international GRADUATE students?

a) Very good scores in your country’s college leaving examination. In equivalent U.S. terms in order to secure admission and financial aid, you would need between 3.0 or 3.5 and above (depending upon the individual university’s minimum set standard) out of a 4 point scale system.
b) Outstanding TOEFL, GRE, GMAT etc. scores…within the first 5 to 10 percentile.
c) Outstanding Letters of Recommendation.  Tell your recommenders that they need to make it personal and very complementary, while remaining honest.  Ask for letters of recommendation only from those who truly appreciate you and your work.  Also, don’t be shy in asking for the best letter possible.  The letter MUST be specific to each university’s needs and requirements or the program for which you are applying for.   Please DO NOT use a generic letter for ALL universities or colleges.
d) A well thought out, comprehensive Statement of Purpose that speaks to your strengths; personally and academically.   The statement MUST speak to the specific program that you are applying for.  Please DO NOT use a generic statement for all colleges.  A Statement of Purpose should speak to your intent (reason and purpose) for applying for that program and for studying in a particular university/college.  Strictly adhere to any length limit specified.  For more tips, please see:
http://www.collegeview.com/articles/CV/application/the_essay.html

http://www.articlesbase.com/college-and-university-articles/10-tips-to-write-a-better-college-entrance-essay-677196.html 
e) An Autobiographical Sketch/Statement is about YOU.  Describe yourself, your family and your motivation for studying in the U.S. , and how you believe it would affect your academic growth and development. If there are any special circumstances such as financial pressures, personal or academic hardships, they should be mentioned in the statement.
f) Biographical data or Curriculum Vitae. These should be well structured and written in a style generally acceptable in the U.S.  This document gives the universities an opportunity to reflect upon your academic and professional growth and provides a listing of your various related activities. It also provides a listing of all the institutions at which you have studied and the grades received, thus providing  valuable background information on you.

For tips, please see:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4797803_write-academic-resume-college.html

http://workbloom.com/resume/sample/student-college-admissions-01.aspx

g) Additional materials such as photocopies of awards won, committees chaired, sports or extra-curricular activities.
h) A writing sample in some cases. For tips, please see:
i) Transcripts evaluated by WES or AACRO

Why do universities request that my transcripts be sent directly to their admissions office instead of requesting that I send them in a sealed and stamped envelope?

In order to avoid the possibility of any kind of tampering with the seal of the document or the document itself, universities believe it is better to receive the documents directly from your college or university. 

Why can’t I place all sealed envelopes of transcripts, and recommendations along with my statement of purpose, C.V., and any other required documents in one big packet and send the packet to an admissions office?

In order to avoid the possibility of any tampering by the student concerned, universities prefer that documents are sent to them directly. The only documents that students can send on their own include the actual application form, the Statement of Purpose, Autobiographical Sketch, CV/Bio and a Writing Sample.   Many universities have moved to an on-line application system.  Make sure you follow the procedures set by the university/ies.

Do all universities and colleges have the same admissions criteria?

No.  Please check with each university/college separately.

What is an I-20?

I-20 is the document that you take to the U.S. embassy in your country which allows you to get a visa to come to the U.S.

What is an F-1 visa?

F-1 is the visa that is given to those who come to the U.S. as students.  Some students can also be given a J-1 visa if they are a research fellow or similar status.  Discuss with the university concerned regarding the best visa possible for your individual situation.

What if I have a spouse or a child/ren who will accompany me?

They can apply for dependent visa under the same visa category as yours.  You must show that you have the required funds to take care of them in the U.S.

What kind of documents of support do I need to provide for an accompanying spouse or child/ren?

Bank accounts and other sources of financial support.

What kind of visa is a spouse or child granted?

The same category as the one given to you.  Thus if you have a F-1 the spouse and children will receive a F-2 and so forth.

What is OPT (Optional Practical Training)?

It stands for Optional Practical Training.  Once a student completes his/her formal education in the U.S. they can stay in the U.S. for a period of one year for professional training purposes, such as a job or a post doc. That is called Optional Practical Training.  Most individuals who are planning to stay longer than one year, apply for a work permit (H-1 visa) during that time. Read more at:http://www.ice.gov/sevis/practical-training/

What is CPT (Curricular Practical Training)?

It stands for Curricular Practical Training. In those cases where the training/job/internship is considered an integral part of the academic course structure, it is called Curricular Practical Training.  Read more at: http://www.upenn.edu/oip/isss/cpt and http://www.ice.gov/sevis/practical-training/

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How do I apply and receive a Social Security Number?

Please check the SOCIAL SECURITY FACT SHEET at:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10181.html

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SOME GENERAL USEFUL WEBSITES

Applying to the US:   Some basic things to keep in mind from the US Department of State:

http://www.educationusa.info/students.php

http://educationusa.state.gov/

Applying to the US:  Some basic things to keep in mind from the Collegeboard:

International Students Studying in the U.S.
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/43.html

International Students and U.S. Admission Tests
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/49.html

College Applications FAQs
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/8487.html

What to include in your application packet
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/115.ht

Other useful sites:

http://www.edupass.org/ (Edu Pass—A Smart Student Guide To Studing In The U.S.)

http://formswift.com/immigration-forms (FormSwift--assists in the completion of immigration forms)

http://www.foreignborn.com/study_in_us/8-paying4school.htm (Foreign Born)

http://scholarshipscholarships.com/international-scholarships-usa-3.html(International Scholarships)

http://www.usjournal.com/en/students/info/finaid.html (US Journal Of Academics)

http://www.worldwidelearn.com/financial-aid/international-students.htm (Worldwide Learn)

 

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SEARCH

Applying To School.Com
http://www.applyingtoschool.com/forms/College_admissions_national_list.aspx

Cappex:
http://www.cappex.com/

Collegeboard:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/csearch/where-to-start/2.html

College Net:
http://cnsearch.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/CN/index

College Source Online:
http://www.collegesource.org/home.asp

Community Colleges:
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/pages/ccfinder.aspx

GradSchools.com
http://www.gradschools.com/

Hot Courses:
http://www.hotcoursesabroad.com/study/international-students/study-in-us-usa-america/211/abroad.html

Online Educational Database

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/first-generation-college-students/
http://oedb.org/rankings/  

Online Graduate Programs
http://www.gograd.org/

Peterson’s Search:
http://www.petersons.com/educationusa.aspx

Princeton Review:
http://www.princetonreview.com/

ThinkEducationUSA:
http://www.thinkeducationusa.com/en/advanced/

US Collegeadmissions.Org
http://www.uscollegeadmission.org/

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RECRUITING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

https://www.noellevitz.com/enrollment-and-campus-planning/services-for-special-populations/international-students

http://www.wes.org/ewenr/11mar/feature.htm

TOP 100 Colleges in the U.S./North America/World

http://www.uscollegeranking.org/national-university/2010-top-100-colleges-in-united-states.html (US college rankings)

http://www.4icu.org/topNorth-America/ (International Colleges & Universities—for North America rankings))

http://www.university-list.net/rank.htm (University-List--for world rankings)

 

Colleges/Universities BY STATE in the U.S.

http://www.uscollegesearch.org/college_search_by_state_city.html (US College Search)

 

TOP 4-YEAR Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S.

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/tp/top_colleges.htm (About.com)

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-liberal-arts-colleges (US News)

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/collegerankings/tp/20-best-liberal-arts-colleges.htm (About.com--20 top)

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/04/26/liberal-arts-colleges-with-lowest-student-faculty-ratios (US News--with lowest student/teacher ratio)

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TOP ARCHITECTURE Schools in the U.S.

http://www.archsoc.com/kcas/researchschool4.html (Arch Soc--Dr. Garry Stevens
Key Centre for Architectural Sociology)

http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2011/schools-1.asp (Architectural Record)

http://www.archdaily.com/39728/2010-united-states-best-architecture-schools/ (Arch Daily)

http://www.univsource.com/archi.htm (UnivSource)

http://www.architectmagazine.com/educational-projects/the-top-us-architecture-schools.aspx
(Architect Magazine)

http://www.ehow.com/list_6138833_architecture-schools-united-states.html (eHow Family)

 

TOP ARTS & HUMANITIES Schools in the U.S.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_6892280_top-humanities-colleges.html (E How)

http://learnhub.com/colleges/Arts_&_Humanities/Masters_Degree/United_States (Learn Hub)

 

TOP BUSINESS Schools in the U.S.

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/mba-programs/ (Affordable online MBA programs)

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/mba-programs/life-after-mba/ (Life after MBA programs)

http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-mba-programs/ (On-Line Business Adminsitration programs)

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/undergraduate/ (Bloomberg Businessweek—undergraduate business schools)

http://www.edinformatics.com/colleges_universities/undergraduate_business.htm (Edinformatics)

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings (USNews)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_graduate_business_school_rankings
(Wikipedia)
http://www.forbes.com/2003/09/24/bschooland.html (Forbes List)

http://mba.2graduate.com/business_schools/ranking/top_us_b_schools.shtml (2Graduate.com)

http://www.infozee.com/channels/mba/usa/mba-usa-rankings.htm (Infozee.com)

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools
(USNews)

 

TOP DENTISTRY Schools in the U.S.

http://whichuniversitybest.blogspot.com/2010/01/top-dental-schools-in-us.html

http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentalschoolsbystate/Dental_Schools_in_the_United_States.htm
(About.com)

http://www.galttech.com/research/education/best-dental-school.php (GALT--online guide)

http://education-portal.com/dentistry_colleges.html (Education Portal)

 

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TOP ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.

http://www.univsource.com/engg.htm (UnivSource)

http://www.localcollegeexplorer.com/engineering/ (localcollegeexplorer)

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/devices/the_best_engineering_school_in
(Spectrum-ieee—inside technology)

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/collegerankings/tp/Top-Engineering-Schools.htm
(About.com)

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/engineering-no-doctorate
(US News)

http://collegeapps.about.com/od/choosingacollege/tp/engineering-more.htm
(About.com)

http://www.mibazaar.com/education/engineering_school.html (Mibazarr--top schools
on google maps)

 

TOP CHEMICAL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.

http://www.ehow.com/list_6098615_top-chemical-engineering-schools-usa.html (ehow.com)

 

TOP CIVIL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.

http://www.infozee.com/channels/ms/usa/civil-engineering-rankings.htm (infozee.com)

 

TOP MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Schools in the U.S.

http://education-portal.com/articles/Top_Schools_for_Mechanical_Engineering.html (educationa-portal.com)

 

TOP MEDICAL Schools in the U.S.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/research-rankings (U.S. News Rankings)

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools (U.S. News Rankings)

https://www.aamc.org/about/medicalschools/  (Association of American Medical Colleges)

http://www.ehow.com/list_6570152_medical-universities-america.html (eHow-Family)

 

MEDICAL SCHOOLS in the U.S. listed ALPHABETICALLY

 

TOP PHARMACY Schools in the U.S.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/best-pharmacy-schools-in-the-united-states.html (buzzle)

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A Fabulous Speech: President Barack Obama’s address in the Indian Parliament--2010

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were recently in India on a three-day visit.  There were many memorable moments that were discussed and written about both here and abroad. For me, the event that stood out most was President Obama’s speech to the members of the Indian parliament. It won the hearts of Indians! Striking in its diversity of ideas, recommendations, and support possibilities, it was also a study in linguistic style and flair. I found it remarkable the way President Obama pronounced various Indian words: slowly with emphasis on the syllables so that they would appear as clear and as close to their original pronunciation... and indeed they were! The diverse names and words that stood out for me are listed below with a short description for each. Below the list, the transcript of President Obama’s speech is posted.

Lok Sabha:  The lower house in the Indian parliament. 

Rajya Sabha: The upper house in the Indian parliament.

Humayun’s  Tomb: Tomb where lies the grave of Nasir ud-din Muhammad Humayun, ruler in India from 1530–1540 and again from 1555–1556. 

Diwali: Hindu festival of lights

Bahoot dhanyavad: Means: Thank you very much

Mani Bhavan: “Mani Bhavan, located at # 19, Laburnum Road in the Gamdevi precinct of downtown Mumbai, acted as the focal point of Gandhi's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934.”

Raj Ghat:Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948.” Further details at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Ghat

Swami Vivekananda: “…is considered a key figure in the introduction of Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and America and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a world religion during the end of the 19th century…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivekananda

Dalit like Dr. Ambedkar: “…the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. Born into a poor Mahar(then considered an Untouchable caste) family, Ambedkar spent his whole life fighting against social discrimination…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar

Dalit: The word "Dalit" comes from the Marathi language, and means "ground", "suppressed", "crushed", or "broken to pieces". It was first used by Jyotirao Phule in the nineteenth century, in the context of the oppression faced by the erstwhile "untouchable" castes of the twice-born Hindus.” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalit

Punjab: “…also spelled Panjab (Persian: پنجاب, panj-āb, "five waters"), is a geographical region straddling the border between India and Pakistan which includes both the Indian state of Punjab and the Pakistani province of Punjab…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjab_region

Chandini Chowk: “…originally meaning moonlit square or market, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, now in central north Delhi, India…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandni_Chowk

Kolkata: “…Kolkata (Bengali: কলকাতা [ˈkolkat̪a]), is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata is the cultural capital of India[5] and the commercial capital of Eastern India, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River.[6] …” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolkata

Bangalore: “…Bangalore [ˈbæŋɡəlɔːr] also known as Bengaluru (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು, Bengaḷūru ? [ˈbeŋɡəɭuːru], is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka… As of 2009, Bangalore was inducted in the list of Global cities and ranked as a "Beta World City" alongside Geneva, Copenhagen, Boston, Cairo, Riyadh, Berlin, to name a few…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore

Panchantatra: “…is a collection of originally Indian animal fables in verse and prose. The original Sanskrit work, which some scholars believe was composed in the 3rd century BCE…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchatantra

Jai Hind: Means: Long Live India.  More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_Hind

Below is a transcript of the remarks President Barack Obama delivered to a special joint session of both houses of parliament, the Lok and the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday November 8, 2010:

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2010/11/08/president-barack-obamas-remarks-to-indias-parliament/

Remarks of President Barack Obama -– As Prepared for Delivery

Address to a Joint Session of the Indian Parliament
New Delhi, India
Monday, November 8, 2010

As Prepared for Delivery—

Mr. Vice President, Madame Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and most of all, the people of India.

I thank you for the great honor of addressing the representatives of more than one billion Indians and the world’s largest democracy.  I bring the greetings and friendship of the world’s oldest democracy—the U.S.A, including nearly three million proud and patriotic Indian Americans.

Over the past three days, my wife Michelle and I have experienced the beauty and dynamism of India and its people.  From the majesty of Humayun’s  Tomb to the advanced technologies that are empowering farmers and women who are the backbone of Indian society.  From a Diwali celebration with schoolchildren to the innovators who are fueling India’s economic rise.  From the university students who will chart India’s future, to you—leaders who helped to bring India to this moment of promise.

At every stop, we have been welcomed with the hospitality for which Indians have always been known.  So to you and the people of India, on behalf of me, Michelle and the American people, please accept our deepest thanks.  Bahoot dhanyavad.

I am not the first American president to visit India.  Nor will I be the last.  But I am proud to visit India so early in my presidency.  It is no coincidence that India is my first stop on a visit to Asia, or that this has been my longest visit to another country since becoming President.

For in Asia and around the world, India is not simply emerging; India has already emerged. And it is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India—bound by our shared interests and values—will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.  This is the partnership I have come here to build.  This is the vision that our nations can realize together.

My confidence in our shared future is grounded in my respect for India’s treasured past—a civilization that has been shaping the world for thousands of years.  Indians unlocked the intricacies of the human body and the vastness of our universe.  And it is no exaggeration to say that our information age is rooted in Indian innovations—including the number zero.

India not only opened our minds, she expanded our moral imagination.  With religious texts that still summon the faithful to lives of dignity and discipline.  With poets who imagined a future “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high.”  And with a man whose message of love and justice endures—the Father of your Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

For me and Michelle, this visit has therefore held special meaning.  Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world.  And just as he summoned Indians to seek their destiny, he influenced champions of equality in my own country, including a young Martin Luther King. After making his pilgrimage to India a half century ago, Dr. King called Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance “the only logical and moral approach” in the struggle for justice and progress.

So we were honored to visit the residence where Gandhi and King both stayed—Mani Bhavan.  We were humbled to pay our respects at Raj Ghat.  And I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as President of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world.

An ancient civilization of science and innovation.  A fundamental faith in human progress.  This is the sturdy foundation upon which you have built ever since that stroke of midnight when the tricolor was raised over a free and independent India.  And despite the skeptics who said that this country was simply too poor, too vast, too diverse to succeed, you surmounted overwhelming odds and became a model to the world.

Instead of slipping into starvation, you launched a Green Revolution that fed millions.  Instead of becoming dependent on commodities and exports, you invested in science and technology and in your greatest resource—the Indian people.  And the world sees the results, from the supercomputers you build to the Indian flag that you put on the moon.

Instead of resisting the global economy, you became one of its engines—reforming the licensing raj and unleashing an economic marvel that has lifted tens of millions from poverty and created one of the world’s largest middle classes.

Instead of succumbing to division, you have shown that the strength of India—the very idea of India—is its embrace of all colors, castes and creeds.  It’s the diversity represented in this chamber today.  It’s the richness of faiths celebrated by a visitor to my hometown of Chicago more than a century ago—the renowned Swami VivekanandaHe said that, “holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character.”

And instead of being lured by the false notion that progress must come at the expense of freedom, you built the institutions upon which true democracy depends—free and fair elections, which enable citizens to choose their own leaders without recourse to arms; an independent judiciary and the rule of law, which allows people to address their grievances; and a thriving free press and vibrant civil society which allows every voice to be heard.  And this year, as India marks 60 years with a strong and democratic constitution, the lesson is clear: India has succeeded, not in spite of democracy; India has succeeded because of democracy.

Just as India has changed, so too has the relationship between our two nations.  In the decades after independence, India advanced its interests as a proud leader of the nonaligned movement.  Yet too often, the United States and India found ourselves on opposite sides of a North-South divide and estranged by a long Cold War.  Those days are over.

Here in India, two successive governments led by different parties have recognized that deeper partnership with America is both natural and necessary.  In the United States, both of my predecessors—one Democrat, one Republican—worked to bring us closer, leading to increased trade and a landmark civil nuclear agreement.

Since then, people in both our countries have asked: what next?  How can we build on this progress and realize the full potential of our partnership?  That is what I want to address today—the future that the United States seeks in an interconnected world; why I believe that India is indispensable to this vision; and how we can forge a truly global partnership—not in just one or two areas, but across many; not just for our mutual benefit, but for the world’s.

Of course, only Indians can determine India’s national interests and how to advance them on the world stage.  But I stand before you today because I am convinced that the interests of the United States—and the interests we share with India—are best advanced in partnership.

The United States seeks security—the security of our country, allies and partners.  We seek prosperity—a strong and growing economy in an open international economic system.  We seek respect for universal values.  And we seek a just and sustainable international order that promotes peace and security by meeting global challenges through stronger global cooperation.

To advance these interests, I have committed the United States to comprehensive engagement with the world, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.  And a central pillar of this engagement is forging deeper cooperation with 21st century centers of influence—and that includes India. This is why I believe that India and America are indispensable partners in meeting the challenges of our time.

Since taking office, I’ve therefore made our relationship a priority.  I was proud to welcome Prime Minister Singh for the first official state visit of my presidency. For the first time ever, our governments are working together across the whole range of common challenges we face.  And let me say it as clearly as I can: the United States not only welcomes India as a rising global power, we fervently support it, and we have worked to help make it a reality.

Together with our partners, we have made the G20 the premier forum for international economic cooperation, bringing more voices to the table of global economic decision-making, including India.  We have increased the role of emerging economies like India at international financial institutions.  We valued India’s important role at Copenhagen, where, for the first time, all major economies committed to take action to confront climate change—and to stand by those actions.  We salute India’s long history as a leading contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions.  And we welcome India as it prepares to take its seat on the United Nations Security Council.

In short, with India assuming its rightful place in the world, we have an historic opportunity to make the relationship between our two countries a defining partnership of the century ahead.  And I believe we can do so by working together in three important areas.

First, as global partners we can promote prosperity in both our countries.  Together, we can create the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.  With my visit, we are now ready to begin implementing our civil nuclear agreement.  This will help meet India’s growing energy needs and create thousands of jobs in both our countries.

We need to forge partnerships in high-tech sectors like defense and civil space.  So we have removed Indian organizations from our so-called “entity list.”  And we’ll work to reform our controls on exports.  Both of these steps will ensure that Indian companies seeking high-tech trade and technologies from America are treated the same as our closest allies and partners.

We can pursue joint research and development to create green jobs; give Indians more access to cleaner, affordable energy; meet the commitments we made at Copenhagen; and show the possibilities of low-carbon growth.

Together, we can resist the protectionism that stifles growth and innovation.  The United States remains—and will continue to remain—one of the most open economies in the world.  And by opening markets and reducing barriers to foreign investment, India can realize its full economic potential as well.  As G20 partners, we can make sure the global economic recovery is strong and durable.  And we can keep striving for a Doha Round that is ambitious and balanced—with the courage to make the compromises that are necessary so global trade works for all economies.

Together, we can strengthen agriculture.  Cooperation between Indian and American researchers and scientists sparked the Green Revolution.  Today, India is a leader in using technology to empower farmers, like those I met yesterday who get free updates on market and weather conditions on their cell phones.  And the United States is a leader in agricultural productivity and research.  Now, as farmers and rural areas face the effects of climate change and drought, we’ll work together to spark a second, more sustainable Evergreen Revolution.

Together, we’re going to improve Indian weather forecasting systems before the next monsoon season.  We aim to help millions of Indian farming households save water and increase productivity; improve food processing so crops don’t spoil on the way to market; and enhance climate and crop forecasting to avoid losses that cripple communities and drive up food prices.
Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we’ll continue to support India’s efforts against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu.  And because knowledge is the currency of the 21st century, we’ll increase exchanges between our students, colleges and universities, which are among the best in the world.

As we work to advance our shared prosperity, we can partner to address a second priority—our shared security.  In Mumbai, I met with the courageous families and survivors of that barbaric attack.  And here in this Parliament, which was itself targeted because of the democracy it represents, we honor the memory of all those who have been taken from us, including American citizens on 26/11 and Indian citizens on 9/11.

This is the bond we share.  It’s why we insist that nothing ever justifies the slaughter of innocent men, women and children.  It’s why we’re working together, more closely than ever, to prevent terrorist attacks and to deepen our cooperation even further.  And it’s why, as strong and resilient societies, we refuse to live in fear, we will not sacrifice the values and rule of law that defines us, and we will never waver in the defense of our people.

America’s fight against al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates is why we persevere in Afghanistan, where major development assistance from India has improved the lives of the Afghan people.  We’re making progress in our mission to break the Taliban’s momentum and to train Afghan forces so they can take the lead for their security. 

And while I have made it clear that American forces will begin the transition to Afghan responsibility next summer, I have also made it clear that America’s commitment to the Afghan people will endure.  The United States will not abandon the people of Afghanistan—or the region—to the violent extremists who threaten us all.

Our strategy to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates has to succeed on both sides of the border.  That is why we have worked with the Pakistani government to address the threat of terrorist networks in the border region. The Pakistani government increasingly recognizes that these networks are not just a threat outside of Pakistan—they are a threat to the Pakistani people, who have suffered greatly at the hands of violent extremists.

And we will continue to insist to Pakistan’s leaders that terrorist safe-havens within their borders are unacceptable, and that the terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks be brought to justice. We must also recognize that all of us have and interest in both an Afghanistan and a Pakistan that is stable, prosperous and democratic—and none more so than India.

More broadly, India and the United States can partner in Asia.  Today, the United States is once again playing a leadership role in Asia—strengthening old alliances; deepening relationships, as we are doing with China; and we’re reengaging with regional organizations like ASEAN and joining the East Asia summit—organizations in which India is also a partner.  Like your neighbors in Southeast Asia, we want India to not only “look East,” we want India to “engage East”—because it will increase the security and prosperity of all our nations.

And as two global leaders, the United States and India can partner for global security—especially as India serves on the Security Council over the next two years.  Indeed, the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate.  That is why I can say today—in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.

Now, let me suggest that with increased power comes increased responsibility.  The United Nations exists to fulfill its founding ideals of preserving peace and security, promoting global cooperation, and advancing human rights. 

These are the responsibilities of all nations, but especially those that seek to lead in the 21st century.  And so we look forward to working with India—and other nations that aspire to Security Council membership—to ensure that the Security Council is effective; that resolutions are implemented and sanctions enforced; and that we strengthen the international norms which recognize the rights and responsibilities of all nations and individuals.

This includes our responsibility to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.  Since I took office, the United States has reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and agreed with Russia to reduce our arsenals.  We have put preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism at the top of our nuclear agenda, and strengthened the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime—the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Together, the United States and India can pursue our goal of securing the world’s vulnerable nuclear materials.  We can make it clear that even as every nation has the right to peaceful nuclear energy, every nation must also meet its international obligations—and that includes the Islamic Republic of Iran.  And together, we can pursue a vision that Indian leaders have espoused since independence—a world without nuclear weapons.

This leads me to the final area where our countries can partner—strengthening the foundations of democratic governance, not only at home but abroad.

Now, in a new collaboration on open government, our two countries are going to share our experience, identify what works, and develop the next-generation of tools to empower citizens.  And in another example of how American and Indian partnership can address global challenges, we’re going to share these innovations with civil society groups and countries around the world.  We’re going to show that democracy, more than any other form of government, delivers for the common man—and woman.

As the world’s two largest democracies, we must also never forget that the price of our own freedom is standing up for the freedom of others.  Indians know this, for it is the story of your nation.  Before he ever began his struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi stood up for the rights of Indians in South Africa.  Just as others, including the United States, supported Indian independence, India championed the self-determination of peoples from Africa to Asia as they too broke free from colonialism.  And along with the United States, you’ve been a leader in supporting democratic development and civil society groups around the world.  This, too, is part of India’s greatness.

Every country will follow its own path.  No one nation has a monopoly on wisdom, and no nation should ever try to impose its values on another.  But when peaceful democratic movements are suppressed—as in Burma—then the democracies of the world cannot remain silent.  For it is unacceptable to gun down peaceful protestors and incarcerate political prisoners decade after decade.  It is unacceptable to hold the aspirations of an entire people hostage to the greed and paranoia of a bankrupt regime.  It is unacceptable to steal an election, as the regime in Burma has done again for all the world to see.

Faced with such gross violations of human rights, it is the responsibility of the international community—especially leaders like the United States and India—to condemn it.  If I can be frank, in international fora, India has often avoided these issues.  But speaking up for those who cannot do so for themselves is not interfering in the affairs of other countries.  It’s not violating the rights of sovereign nations.  It’s staying true to our democratic principles.  It’s giving meaning to the human rights that we say are universal.  And it sustains the progress that in Asia and around the world has helped turn dictatorships into democracies and ultimately increased our security in the world.

Promoting shared prosperity.  Preserving peace and security.  Strengthening democratic governance and human rights.  These are the responsibilities of leadership.  And, as global partners, this is the leadership that the United States and India can offer in the 21st century.  Ultimately, however, this cannot be a relationship only between presidents and prime ministers, or in the halls of this parliament.  Ultimately, this must be a partnership between our peoples.  So I want to conclude by speaking directly to the people of India watching today.

In your lives, you have overcome odds that might have overwhelmed a lesser country.  In just decades, you have achieved progress and development that took other nations centuries.  And now you are assuming your rightful place as a leader among nations.  Your parents and grandparents imagined this.  Your children and grandchildren will look back on this.  But only you—this generation of Indians—can seize the possibility of this moment.

As you carry on with the hard work ahead, I want every Indian citizen to know: the United States of America will not simply be cheering you on from the sidelines.  We will be right there with you, shoulder to shoulder.  Because we believe in the promise of India.  And we believe that the future is what we make it.

We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, every person can fulfill their God-given potential, just as a Dalit like Dr. Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians.

We believe that no matter where you live—whether a village in Punjab or the bylanes of Chandni Chowk…an old section of Kolkata or a new high-rise in Bangalore—every person deserves the same chance to live in security and dignity, to get an education, to find work, and to give their children a better future.

And we believe that when countries and cultures put aside old habits and attitudes that keep people apart, when we recognize our common humanity, then we can begin to fulfill the aspirations we share.  It’s a simple lesson contained in that collection of stories which has guided Indians for centuries—the Panchtantra.  And it’s the spirit of the inscription seen by all who enter this great hall: ‘That one is mine and the other a stranger is the concept of little minds.  But to the large-hearted, the world itself is their family.”

This is the story of India; it’s the story of America—that despite their differences, people can see themselves in one another, and work together and succeed together as one proud nation.  And it can be the spirit of the partnership between our nations—that even as we honor the histories which in different times kept us apart, even as we preserve what makes us unique in a globalized world, we can recognize how much we can achieve together.

Thank you, Jai Hind!, and long live the partnership between India and the United States.

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