Monthly Archives: July 2020

Study in the U.S.A: Application Deadlines for Top Universities

A list of deadlines for various college in America. It includes early and regular applications. However, these dates must be re-confirmed at the official website of the university as they are subject to change.

Regular Decision Application Deadlines for Top Universities in the U.S.A

While applying to a University in USA, it is always recommended to submit the application a bit early before the deadline. Usually, Admission officers review all the applications together after the application deadline. However, submitting the application will not overcome any deficiency but it can surely be an indication of you being on top of your game and very much organized

University Fall/Summer Application
American University January 15
Georgetown University January 10
Boston University January 2
Yale university January 2
Princeton University January 1
Brown University January 1

Early Action Deadlines for the Top Universities in the U.S.A

Although early action application already bring the deadlines early, still it is always advisable to not wait for the deadline date to submit the application.

University Fall/Summer Application Deadline
American University November 15
Boston University November 1
Johns Hopkins University November 1
UNC Chapel Hill October 15
Princeton University November 1
University of Michigan November 1


College Application Deadlines – Admission Plans for Applying to US Colleges

The admission process in the USA is quite different than that of India. In India, we have just one admission cycle in which we can apply for colleges when their application forms are out, while in the USA, the students have the flexibility to apply through Early Admission plan, Regular Admission plan or Rolling Admission plan. Given below are the definitions of these plans to help you understand them better.

Early Admission Plan

As the name suggests, the early admission plan allows students to apply for their chosen institution before the regular admission process starts. Applications for early admission are generally processed during the month of November and students are informed of their acceptance or rejection by mid December. This admission plan helps students avoid the rush period and increases their chance of acceptance due to the availability of seats. There are three ways to apply for the shortlisted colleges under early admission plan.

Early decision

Early decision application binds a student in a commitment that says he/she is to attend the university/college in exchange for early acceptance and withdraw applications from other universities. Also, the candidate stands to lose his/her enrolment deposit if he/she doesn’t attend the college. The application date usually falls in November under early decision.

Early action

Under early action application, the students receive their acceptance early but can wait till regular admission time to make a final decision about the college/university. It allows students to apply to other colleges since the early action application is non-binding. It is beneficial for international students who get time to arrange for financial aid and prepare their move to the US in a planned manner.

Single choice early action

This application is non-binding under which the applicants can apply to only one university/college on the basis of an early action application and are not permitted to apply to any other school till they receive their early action decision. However, after receiving the decision, the applicants can apply to other colleges during the regular admission cycle. Single choice early action application asks students to have their applications completed early.

Regular Admission Plan

Under regular admission application, the applicants need to apply by the deadlines set by the universities and they are not held under any commitment to make an early decision to attend the college if accepted. Also, the applicants can apply to as many institutions as they wish within the stipulated time-frame. The students receive the acceptance decision between 1 January to 1 March.


UK University Application Deadlines

Before beginning your application it is important to familiarise yourself with key UCAS deadlines. Some universities (Cambridge and Oxford) and courses (medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry) have much earlier deadlines and it is important you are fully aware of those which impact on your application.

“Important UCAS Deadlines

All UCAS deadlines for courses in the UK can be found below, but these are the key dates to become familiar with in the UCAS application cycle.

  • 15 October 2020- All courses at Cambridge and Oxford and most medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry courses at all other institutions
  • 15 January 2020- All other undergraduate courses for EU students
  • 30 June 2021- All other undergraduate courses for international students

Selected UK universities do allow international applications after certain deadlines though. Speak to one of our consultants to find out more.”


From DU, JNU To Jamia & Anna University, Know How Institutes Are Preparing For Admissions To UG Courses

A look into how admissions to UG programs in the top universities and colleges have been affected by the new evaluation criteria for class 12 students in lieu of the board exams.

Students are unsure about how the admission process will work in colleges this year. Here’s what top institutes under the NIRF are planning in terms of the admission process.

Delhi University
Delhi University (DU) is likely to start the registration process for admission to undergraduate courses from 15th July, the university’s acting vice-chancellor PC Joshi said. The admission will be on the basis of merit or class 12 marks. However, due to the delay in the declaration of CBSE results, DU officials are considering a new method for admission. According to media reports, after the announcement of the new evaluation system by CBSE, the admission committee will hold a meeting this week to discuss the admission process.

Jamia Millia Islamia
Jamia conducts an entrance test for admission to all its courses on the basis of merit or grade 12 marks. However, the date of the entrance exam has not been announced yet. But the online application process is currently on and will continue till 30th June.


DU may push registration for UG courses to July 31: ‘Too early to say how CBSE formula will impact cut-offs’

DU may have to push its registration deadline to July 31st due to CBSE’s decision to release the formula, based on which they will mark the students, on July 31st.

Delhi University (DU) authorities Thursday said it was “too soon” to say whether the CBSE formula for computing Class XII results would have any impact on its cut-offs for undergraduate admissions, but added that the registration process will likely be delayed to around the time when the results will be declared…
As per the formula submitted by the CBSE in the Supreme Court on Thursday, results will be calculated using the ratio of 40:30:30 for students’ performance in Classes XII, XI and X respectively for the theory component. In case of practicals, students will be assessed based on the actual marks submitted by the school to CBSE.


No SAT for entry to some US colleges, dilemma for Indians

Beginning with the University of California, currently over half of the four-year-degree colleges and universities in the US have done away with the SAT or ACT. These tests were deemed to disadvantage poor children as it created an entry barrier. The pandemic also affected these tests as it was always safe to give the tests, hence, making them optional was necessary. Should Indians take the test?

Jamie Beaton, co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education, says that for international students, standardised test scores, like the SAT or ACT, are quite valuable.

“Long story short, | actually think that it’s a bit sad for international students,” said Beaton, whose firm helps international students get admission into US and UK universities. He said SAT helps because universities in the US aren’t familiar with Indian schools and nuances of India’s education system. “The SAT lets a student from a far-flung city in India apply and have this kind of international standard of quality. So when you strip that away, it kind of does hurt them a little bit,” he added.

“Not considering the SAT will disadvantage some students who may be really good,talented students,” explained Beaton.
The SAT helps standardise things for admission officers at universities, and Crimson Education is recommending that international students should take the test, even if it’s optional.


US colleges, universities ask Indian students inoculated with Covaxin, Sputnik V to revaccinate

Many US colleges have a requirement for their students to be vaccinated. Indians are facing a problem as two out of the three vaccines available in India are not approved by the WHO. US universities are asking students who have got these vaccines to revaccinate.

A 25-year-old student from India, Milloni Doshi, said Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs has told her she must revaccinate upon her arrival on campus with a different vaccine. Doshi has already been administered two doses of Covaxin in India, reports New York Times.

“I am just concerned about taking two different vaccines. They said the application process would be the toughest part of the cycle, but it’s really been all of this that has been uncertain and anxiety-inducing,” Doshi wrote via a messaging app.


QS World University Rankings 2022: Only 35 Indian varsities in total 1300 ranked, none in top 100

QS World University Rankings have released their yearly list 2022 and much like last year, no Indian University features in the top 100. In this article you can find the Indian universities that made the list, the rest of the list, and the criteria based on which these rankings are made.

Here are the top 10 Indian universities as per the QS World University Rankings 2022:

1. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

Rank: 117

2. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

Rank: 185

3. Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Rank: 186

4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

Rank: 255

5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

Rank: 277

6. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)

Rank: 280

7. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)

Rank: 395

8. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

Rank: 400

9. University of Delhi (DU)

Rank: 501-510

10. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Rank: 561-570



Tricky road to college admission? Students await final decisions

The pandemic has led to a cancellation of 12 board exams and many such standardised tests that used to be essential for college admissions. Colleges are now faced with the task of creating a new criteria upon which to judge the applicants’ competence. Here’s what is known so far:

Delhi University

DU is likely to start the registration process for admissions by July 15, according to media reports. On CBSE and CISCE’s marking scheme, Rajeev Gupta, dean of admissions at Delhi University, told the Times of India, “The assessment policy will not affect our admissions because it seems that the Class XII results will be determined in percentage and we use percentages for deciding the admission cutoffs.”

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Students getting admitted to JNU for undergraduate and postgraduate courses have to appear for the JNU Entrance Exam (JNUEE). NU VC Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar had earlier told ANI, “We will conduct the JNU entrance examination whenever it is safe for students to write. If entrance is delayed due to COVID and if admission happens at a later date, we’ll surely adjust our academic calendar to take care of lost time without compromising academic rigor.”


Reopening of Educational Institutions in New Delhi

Schools and Colleges have been shut in most of India since mid-March last year due to the novel coronavirus. However, reopening of schools in offline mode is not mandatory. The school reopening decision will be made voluntarily by the states.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the schools, educational institutions will continue to remain closed in the national capital. However, the question of when will school reopen in India 2021 is still unanswered. Keeping the possible third COVID-19 wave in mind, state governments are encouraging online classes. Last year, states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have opened schools for some classes.

Meanwhile, states like Assam and Punjab are all set to conduct the 12th board examinations. Check all the latest school reopening news and updates here. States like UP, Gujarat, Goa, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, and others have already cancelled their 12th board exams 2021.