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Top Universities in the US

Looking to study abroad in the US? Check out some of the most top ranked universities that international students choose to attend. From Ivy League schools to state universities, there's a wide range of options to choose from. And if you need help with the admission process, Shivi Study Abroad has successfully assisted multiple students in getting admitted to these universities. Scroll below for more information.

Our team has helped numerous students gain acceptance to top US universities. We have experience working with most of the universities listed below and have received acceptance offers for our students. Let us help you reach your full potential and secure your future success.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 4

  • Nov 1, 2024, is the Harvard University application deadline 2024 for undergraduate admission.

  • The Harvard application deadline for the Round 2 admission decision for MBA admission is Mar 27, 2024. 

  • Harvard University's Harvard Business School ranks among the top 20 MBA universities in the world by FT MBA ranking in 2024.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 1

  • Regular Action application deadline for admission to MIT UG courses is Early-Jan, 2024.

  • MIT MBA application deadline (Round II) is Mid-Jan, 2024.

  • According to the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2024, the MIT Sloan (MIT Business School) has been ranked #6 in Global Business Schools.

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University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 11

  • The Early Action deadline for First Year students is Nov 1, 2024. 

  • Based on the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2024, UChicago's Booth Business School has been ranked at #10 in the world. 

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Stanford University

Stanford, California, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 5

  • The Early Decision application deadline(Tentative) is Early Nov, for Stanford University admissions in an undergraduate program.

  • For 2023-24, the Stanford University deadline for MBA Round 3 application is Apr 9, 2024. 

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Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 16


  • University of Yale application deadlines for the 2024 intake: UG Courses: The single choice early action deadline for Yale University applications is Nov 1, 2024

  • PG Courses: The application deadline to apply for the Yale MBA course is Apr 9, 2024, and for the Yale MS course is Apr 15, 2024

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennysylvania, Private

QS World Rank (2024): 12

  • The applications for Fall intake at the University of Pennsylvania closes on Apr 2, 2024. 

  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has been ranked #1 globally for its MBA programs by the Financial Times in 2024. 

Bachelor's in US

Eligibility Criteria for Post-Secondary Education (after Class 12) in the United States:

The fundamental criteria are determined by the study programmes and levels. The following are the bare minimums:

1. 12th standard certificate with minimum GPA – 2.50 to 3. 60 

2. TOEFL - 61 (varies with university)​

3. ACT/ SAT 

For more information, please contact Team Shivi.

The actual criteria may vary between universities. To learn more, contact us or schedule a free consultation.

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Master's in US

Eligibility Criteria for Post-graduate/Master's in the United States:

The fundamental criteria are determined by the study programmes and levels. The following are the bare minimums:

1. Minimum CGPA – 2.50 to 3. 60 

2. TOEFL - 78+ (varies with university)​


4. LOR's, CV

For more information, please contact Team Shivi.

The actual criteria may vary between universities. To learn more, contact us or schedule a free consultation.


When does the academic season in the US begin?

Typically, the academic year spans from August through May. The semester system (two terms) is used by most universities, however some use the trimester system (three terms). So, students can get admitted into Fall (August start), Spring (January start), or Summer (May-June start). 

Not all university accepts summer or spring. All have Fall start. 

Is it possible to apply for Masters with a three-year Bachelors?

This is a tricky matter for universities in the United States. Most top institutions need a four-year undergraduate programme, however some (even outstanding) universities may accept three-year programmes. 

Contact us or schedule a free consultation to help you better understand your chances of getting admitted. 

What are the Visa types in the US?

There are three different types of student visas for the United States:

1. F1 Student Visa

F1 visas are required for students enrolling in programmes that require more than 18 hours of study per week. This applies to all undergraduate programmes as well as graduate programmes such as MS, MBA, and other similar degrees.

F-2 visas are issued to spouses or children accompanying F-1 visa holders. Note that spouses are not permitted to work, but they may accompany and/or seek for their own visa to work or study in the United States.

2. J1 Visa for Exchange Visitors

Students, visiting scholars, and lecturers undertaking an exchange programme are eligible for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. Fulbright scholars and students on short-term study abroad programmes from Indian universities, for example, will visit in J1 visa. 

3. M-1 Non-Academic/Vocational Student Visa

The M1 visa is a sort of student visa that is only available to students attending vocational and technical schools. While the process is similar to that of an F1 visa, the M1 visas are time stamped upon entry, and students cannot overstay their stay.

How to get a US Student Visa?

A visa application involves multiple steps.

1. These consist of Fill out the DS-160 Visa Application Form online.


2. You must pay the non-refundable visa application fee after finishing the online visa application. It is necessary for you to pay for it prior to your interview. It can also be paid through a bank transaction or online.

3. Bring the confirmation page from your application form to your interview.


4. Make an appointment for biometrics and an interview.

5. You must arrive in person for the Biometric appointment to have your photos taken for the visa and your fingerprints scanned.

6. The interviewer will ask you questions about your choice, college, finances, and plans to return during the personal interview. They will retain your passport with them to have the visa stamped if they are convinced.


7. Student visas for F-1 students can be awarded up to 120 days before the commencement of your programme. You will not be permitted to enter the United States on F-1 status before 30 days before your start date.

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