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Can you name the Top Ten Public US Universities?

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What is a US public university? It is a university that is funded or supported by the state government through tax-payers. Public universities are often governed by state appointed agencies and Boards. Often (not always) they tend to be less expensive than private universities.

Ten Largest Public Universities in the US

 

University

Location

Enrollment

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

58,371

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

56,235

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

56,064

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

51,721

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

51,195

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

49,827

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

49,129

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

47,576

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

47,131

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

44,832

This post was written by Dr. Uma G. Gupta, President & CEO, PlanetGPA.com

 

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US Universities, State by State

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State

Number of Colleges

Alabama

65

Alaska

7

Arizona

74

Arkansas

50

California

366

Colorado

71

Connecticut

50

Delaware

16

District of Columbia

17

Florida

163

Georgia

133

Hawaii

18

Idaho

17

Illinois

173

Indiana

90

Iowa

57

Kansas

59

Kentucky

65

Louisiana

78

Maine

33

Maryland

68

Massachusetts

131

Michigan

93

Minnesota

99

Mississippi

39

Missouri

116

Montana

23

Nebraska

40

Nevada

30

New Hampshire

27

New Jersey

77

New Mexico

40

New York

286

North Carolina

134

North Dakota

20

Ohio

178

Oklahoma

53

Oregon

64

Pennsylvania

192

Puerto Rico

1

Rhode Island

15

South Carolina

72

South Dakota

22

Tennessee

97

Texas

212

Utah

42

Vermont

24

Virginia

103

Washington

77

West Virginia

41

Wisconsin

73

Wyoming

10

 

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Fall 2011 – Time to Act

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The clock is ticking! If you plan to attend a US university in August 2011,from now on every day counts. Here are a few simple things to do:

1. Practice GRE; practice GMAT; practice TOEFL; or practice IELTS – regardless of what test you plan to take, practice is key. 

2. Short-list your universities carefully. Research each university thoroughly. This is the most important decision you will make with regard to your education. Don't blindly follow someones advice. Do your homework.

3. Write a good essay. Be prepared for at least 7 to 8 iterations. US universities give great deal of importance to good essays!

Dr.Uma G. Gupta is CEO of PlanetGPA, a US firm that matches students with US universities. She can be reached at info@planetgpa.com

College essays – Who is writing your essay?

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It is so darn tempting to hire someone to write the perfect college essay! An English teacher, an educational consultant, a friend, a sibling who made it to a great school – anyone! Staring at a blank sheet of paper is no fun. Writing is a labor-intensive act that is simultaneously humbling because writing is difficult, challenging, and words do not always cooperate. How often we read our own writing and think, "God, this reads terrible!" Even famous authors are known to have shredded their works! Writing is an art, a science, a creative endeavor where the mind and heart must cooperate through the medium of words.

But if you think that asking someone else to write the perfect essay for you is a great idea, think again! Admissions Officers are no fools. They have read hundreds and hundreds of essays. They can sniff a good one from a bad one in their sleep. They can tell which essay the student wrote and which one the parent, the consultant, the teacher, the hired-pro wrote. They can tell. They just can. So a key question you must ask yourself is, "Do I want to come across as a fake or an authentic, honest college-aged student?"

This is not to say that you should not have your essay reviewed. This is an absolute must! A good editor can do wonders – shift a few words, change a few words, realign a few thoughts, assist with transitions, and walla! you have a beautiful essay!

But when you have someone else write your essay, that is another story. More on this in my next post.

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is CEO of Find My Edu Abroad (www.fmeaWorld.com)

Should I retake GRE or GMAT?

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Should I retake GRE or GMAT?

Many US universities use standardized test scores as part of
their application screening process. GRE (for engineering, science, technology,
and a few other programs) and GMAT (for business) are well known and widely
accepted standardized tests. TOEFL and IELTS are designed to test the English
skills of students.

Students want to know if they should take the test and
if their scores on these tests matter. The answer to both is Yes and Yes. Yes,
you should take the test, and yes, your scores matter.

But what happens if
you make a terrible score?
Should
you retake the test?
Unless you were not able to perform well on the day of
the test because you were ill or there was some other compelling circumstance,
retaking the test will usually not make a big difference in your score.
Standardized tests are designed in a way to test one's basic aptitude and one's
basis aptitude does not change from day to day! However, if you did not prepare
for the test, then it is wise to take the time to prepare and retake the exam.

Having said that, it does not mean that if you do not take
the test, you cannot study in the US. There are a few universities that do not
require these tests. But there are only a few of them. In other words, your
choices become limited if you do not take these tests.

Bottom line:
Prepare and do well on standardized tests. But, if you don't have a good score,
it is not the end of the world. You can still gain admission to some good
universities. So don't be discouraged!

No GRE Universities in US

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Some students prefer universities that do not require the GRE. There are several U.S universities that do not require GRE. Here are some things to consider:

  1. There are many more U.S. schools that require the GRE than those that do not. 
  2. You will have a smaller list to select from if you do not take the GRE. 
  3. It is not fair to conclude that universities that do not require the GRE are bad and those that require them are good. Not true. 
  4. If you don't take the GRE, you will not get your visa – FALSE. 
  5. It is true that if you lie to the visa officer or if you lack confidence during your interview or if your marks or grades are poor, visa officers may tend to scrutinize your application more closely. 
  6. It is better to take the GRE and score less than not to take the GRE at all.

You may still decide not to take the GRE. Students who make this decision gain admission to good US institutions. Just know the facts before you jump in!

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Masters in US – Spring 2011

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January 2011 seems far, far away if you are planning to study in the US. Seven months does seem like a long time but it is NOT if you are planning to apply to US universities for Spring! You must start right away in order to be successful in gaining admission. Take the following steps:

  1. Prepare for GRE, GMAT,TOEFL, or IELTS – depending on what test you plan or need to take. 
  2. Register for the test right away! Deadlines are good. It will help you to focus and study. Also, if for some reason you don't do well, you will have an opportunity to retake the test. 
  3. Don't wing it or go unprepared to take the test. These are tough tests and you must study for it. Scores matter!
  4. Short list your universities. What is a good US university? Read my previous postings. 
  5. Visit the websites of your favorite universities and learn about them. 
  6. Review all documents you will need to apply to a US university. 
  7. Think about finances and what you can afford. 

Students that start early have a greater chance of getting admission to a good US university!

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