Top 7 Universities In USA For Undergraduates In 2021



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While the lockdown extends and brings life to a standstill, the time for rethinking and assessing new growths in education and career also extends. You now have the luxury to take carefully designed decisions and do a thorough research on which universities to apply for and pursue your higher education dreams. When it comes to Overseas Education the U.S. is one of the top countries, that sees thousands of candidates applying for innovative education, better infrastructure, amenities, work opportunities etc. 

The Hurray Overseas Education Counselling team has compiled a list of the most viable universities that offer multiple courses. If you have doubts about Study in the USA then read about it in our Top 9 Questions Answered About Study In USA blog. Read ahead for details on top US universities.

I. Spotlight on: Colorado State University

Ranked in the top 450 universities worldwide, and 166th in the USA, Colorado State University is a premier public educational institution. Founded in 1870, CSU is a historic university located in the historic, picturesque town of Fort Collins, Colorado, with all the advantage of being located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains – the best of America’s natural beauty right on its doorstep. It offers undergraduate and graduate programmes, a number of shorter certificate courses, as well as higher research degrees. It is best known for – and has consistently been highly ranked – for its engineering and business administration degrees. With a large population of 26000 students, CSU is also home to a small but growing population of international students, numbering just over 1000.

Key facts

  1. Entry Requirements

For entry into a graduate programme, a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Certain departments may also demand GRE or GMAT with a minimum score.  

A minimum score of 80 in TOEFL IBT (internet-based), or 6.5 in IELTS, or 58 in PTE Academic satisfy English Language Requirements.

  1. Costs and Funding

The average cost to study at CSU per semester for a non-resident graduate student, assuming 8 credits* for full-time study, is 12000 USD (approximately 25000 USD per year), which includes tuition fees per credit, general fees, university technology fee, and university facility fee.

*each course taken up as part of the programme carries 1 credit.

Scholarships: a number of scholarships, offered by CSU as well as external agents, are available to international students at CSU – for instance, the William J. & Jean S. Griswold Scholarship offers two awards of 1000 USD each for international students studying in the fields of history or foreign languages.

  1. Application timeline

The deadline for applications for a graduate programme is April 1 for the Fall Semester, and September 1 for the Spring Semester.

II. Spotlight on: University of Dayton, Ohio 

The University of Dayton, Ohio is a top-tier private Catholic university, established in 1850 in the town of Dayton, Ohio, that offers undergraduate and graduate programmes across a range of subjects. Some of its acclaimed programmes include its Masters in Child-Development and Early Childhood Education, and it is also known for its degrees in Photography. It is also ranked number 47 in the USA for its Engineering programmes. Furthermore, according to the Princeton Review, Dayton is ranked as having the 11th happiest students in the country! 

Key facts

  1. Entry Requirements

The requirement for entry into a graduate programme for an international applicant is 16 years of formal education, including a degree equivalent to a 4-year US Bachelors degree. Each department sets its own minimum required score. Certain programmes will require GRE and/or GMAT.

English Language Requirement – proof of language proficiency must be provided via an international English test – the preferred test is TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80, or an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS Academic, or 60 in PTE Academic.

  1. Costs and Funding

The tuition fee per credit hour per semester for international graduate students is approximately 955-1040 USD – assuming a full load of 9 credit hours, the tuition fee amounts to approximately 18-19000 USD. Additional costs including the University charge per semester of 25 USD among others will also be applicable.

Scholarships: the university mainly provides financial aid to graduate students through assistantships and fellowships. 

  1. Application timeline

The application deadline for international graduate applicants is November 1 for the Spring semester (January-April), and May 1 for the Fall semester (August-December).

III. Spotlight on: University of Cincinnati 

The University of Cincinnati is ranked among the Top 300 of THE World University Rankings, and among the US top 20 public research institutions. It offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programmes – both degree and non-degree. It has received acclaim for several of its programmes including in Aerospace engineering, Interior design, Paleontology, Fine Arts and Music, and Genetic counselling, and is also known for its Engineering, Business and Law. It is located in the city of Cincinnati, on the Ohio River, in the state of Ohio, located in proximity to North America’s Great Lakes.

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

The minimum requirement for entry into a graduate programme for an international applicant is a degree equivalent to a US 4-year Bachelors degree. Each department sets its own minimum required score. Certain programmes will require GRE and/or GMAT.

2. English Language Requirement

Proof of language proficiency must be provided via an international English test – the preferred test is TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80, or an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS Academic, or 47 in PTE Academic.

3. Costs and Funding

The approximate tuition fee for a non-resident full time graduate student is 1125 USD per credit hour, that is 13497 USD per semester, or close to 27000 USD for the year. Other fees incurred include the International Student fee of 125 USD per semester, and the New Student fee of 85 USD, payable once only. 

4. Scholarships: a number are available including the Graduate Incentive Award and the Graduate Assistant Scholarship, that cover all or part of the awardee’s tuition and fees.

5. Application timeline

The application deadline for international students is September 1 for the Spring semester, February 1 for Summer, or April 1 for Fall. Certain programmes may have differing deadlines.

IV. Spotlight on: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ranked 172nd in the world according to THE Rankings, UAB is a public teaching and research university located in the state of Alabama – founded in the 30s, and becoming a full-fledged university in the 60s, in just a few decades, UAB has advanced in leaps and bounds, making major contributions nationally and globally. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programmes across a range of disciplines, and is ranked highly for several, including Nursing science, Accounting, and Counselling. Furthermore, 6% of its 20000 plus student population is international. 

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

For entry into a graduate programme, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution, equivalent to a similar 4-year US degree. Certain departments may also demand GRE, MAT, or GMAT with a minimum score.  

2. English Language Requirement

Proof of language proficiency must be provided via an international English test – the preferred test is TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 80, or an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS Academic, or 47 in PTE Academic.

3.Costs and Funding

The full-time tuition fees per semester for a non-resident, including international, graduate student is 12250 USD – the annual sum would amount to approximately 24-25000 USD per year.

4. Scholarships

there are several scholarships available to international students at UAB, which are usually subject-specific, subject to satisfaction of the academic requirements – such as scholarships for Finance, and the Dean’s Scholarship given by the College of Arts and Sciences.

5. Application timeline

Applications for admission in Spring 2020 will close on December 1 2019, and applications for Fall 2020 will close on August 1 2020.

V. Spotlight on: George Mason University, Virginia

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, GMU is a large public institution, offering several undergraduate and graduate programmes – the latter including graduate certificates, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Its most popular programmes include Criminal Justice/Police Science, Psychology, Information Technology, Biology and Accounting. Besides its reputed teaching and research, students at GMU also benefit from its proximity to the US capital of Washington DC – the political heart of the country, with several important monuments and museums to boot. Furthermore, of a student population of 30000, over 10% are international. 

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

For entry into a graduate programme, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution. Certain departments may also demand GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MAT with a minimum score.  

2. English Language Requirements are satisfied by a minimum score of 88 in TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 20 in each section, or 6.5 in IELTS, or 59 in PTE Academic.

3. Costs and Funding

The average tuition fee per credit is 1300-1500 USD for most graduate courses – assuming a student takes up 9 credits in a semester, the cost would be approximately 13500 USD per semester, or 27000 USD for a year. Additional fees include the Mandatory Tuition Fee, the Graduate New Student Fee, and the International Student Health Insurance among others. 

4. Scholarships: International graduate students can apply for the Mason internal scholarships – the scholarships are largely merit-based and competitive, with the number and amount of the award determined by the participating colleges or departments – these include the College of Humanities and Social Science, the School of Business and the College of Health and Human Services, among others.

5. Application timeline

The application deadline for international students is November 30th for Spring 2020, and July 1st for Fall 2020. 

VI. Spotlight on: Oregon State University

Ranked among the world top 500 universities, Oregon State University is a premier educational and research institution of the USA. OSU is located in Corvallis, a city in the North-Western state of Oregon, within a few miles of the Pacific Ocean. It has been ranked consistently high in the subjects of agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, earth and marine sciences, environmental studies, and education and training – it offers undergraduate and graduate degree as well as graduate certificate programmes in these as well as several other subject areas. OSU is home to close to 25000 students, as well as more than 2700 international students.

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

For entry into a graduate programme, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution. OSU typically requires a 4-year degree – however, 3 year degrees as would be awarded by an Indian university are also considered. Certain departments may also demand GRE or GMAT with a minimum score.  

2. English Language Requirements are satisfied by a minimum score of 80+ in TOEFL iBT or 6.5 in IELTS.

3. Costs and Funding

The average cost to study at OSU per year is 43500 USD – this includes the tuition fee per credit course (9 for a graduate programme) which adds up to approximately 26700 USD for a year, as well as accommodation, books and supplies as well as other related expenses.

4. Scholarships: International graduate students are eligible for a number of scholarships at OSA, most of which are subject-specific – for instance, the Charles and Elaine Mellen Sutherland Scholarships for the College of Forestry Education and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which offer awards ranging from 600 to 6000 USD per year, subject to competitive satisfaction of the requirements.

 

5. Application timeline

The application deadline for international students is April 1st for Fall 2020 commencing in September, and January 1 for Summer 2020 commencing in June. Graduate programmes often have earlier deadlines.

VII. Spotlight on: University of South Florida

With a place among the top universities in the USA, and the world according to QS Global Ranking, University of South Florida is a premier public, research-oriented institution, offering a range of higher education programmes, including around 105 Masters courses and 44 Doctoral programmes – of its close to 35000 students, over 10000 are enrolled in postgraduate programmes, including several of the 5000-plus international students representing 130 countries at USF. Some of its most popular as well as highly ranked subject areas include Business and Management studies, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Psychology and Communication and Media Studies. Furthermore, USF is situated in the city of Tampa, on the famed Florida coastline – what more could you want of a Study Abroad experience?

Key facts

1. Entry Requirements

For entry into a graduate programme, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale. Certain programmes may have additional requirements.

2. English Language Requirements are satisfied by achieving the minimum score in one of the following tests – 79 in TOEFL iBT, or 550 in TOEFL PBT, or 6.5 in IELTS, or 53 in PTE Academic, or 153 in GRE Verbal

3. Costs and Funding

An additional advantage of a degree from USF, is that it offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the US! The average tuition fee per credit is approximately 800-900 USD for most graduate courses – assuming a student takes up 9 credits in a semester, the cost would be approximately 8100 USD per semester, or 16200 USD for a year. Additional fees are also charged. 

4. Scholarships: USF offers scholarships and fellowships to international students, subject to satisfaction of certain criteria, such as the Graduate Student Success Fellowship.

5.Application timeline

The application deadlines for international students are 15th October 2019 for Spring 2020, 15th  February 2020 for Summer 2020, or 1st June 2020 for Fall 2020. 

The Hurray Overseas counselling team can help you take the next step. Reach out to us via email: overseaseducation@hurrayedutech.com, or phone: 8971357928, for more details.

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