How to choose a university in the USA or Canada
With over 4,500 institutions to choose from, North America offers the most diverse and exciting range of universities anywhere in the world. But the choice can be overwhelming for international students. We have simplified the process by selecting only the best universities to match your educational needs.
Finding the right university for you
Choosing a university may be the most important decision you have been faced with so far in your life. When deciding which US and Canadian universities to apply to, consider the following questions:
Does the university offer your program of study?
In the USA and Canada your main field of study is called your 'major.' If you know what you intend to study, make sure you apply to universities that have strong programs in your field of interest. Use our interactive degree search to quickly find and compare universities and colleges that offer a particular major, or read advice on choosing a major.
What are the university's admissions requirements?
North American university admission requirements vary greatly. Make sure you meet the minimum academic requirements for entry to a university you are considering. Contact an advisor for guidance on choosing the best university based on your qualifications and English level.
What are the university's fees?
The price of an American education varies by institution. In the USA, private universities are more expensive but usually offer more individual attention and extra facilities. State or Public universities tend to be larger, but less expensive. In Canada, most universities are public and the cost of tuition is generally lower than in the USA. All of the universities we work with offer excellent value for the money. We offer reduced fees, helping to make your time at university as affordable as possible.
Where in North America do you want to live?
North America is a huge continent and offers a vast choice of destinations. When exploring your US and Canadian university choices, consider what region you would like to go to, as that will define the climate and culture you experience. We work with universities in these locations:
|Northeast||large busy cities; economic and cultural powerhouse; academic prestige (including the eight Ivy League universities); four distinct seasons|
|Midwest||cheaper cost of living; honest and friendly people; industrial history; unique culture and musical creativity in cities; great prairies and great lakes||Roosevelt University|
|Pacific Northwest||dramatic and scenic landscapes; cultural diversity; tolerant and progressive population; outdoor lifestyle; cool forest and mountain climate||Royal Roads University|
|South||distinctive mix of customs, literature, music and cuisine; dominates political history; traditional American way of life; warm weather most of the year||James Madison University|
What campus environment do you expect?
Campus setting makes a big difference to your experience of university life. International students often want to go to university in the heart of a big city, near exciting cultural events and world-class attractions. But studying here can be a distracting experience. The universities we work with are campus-based in smaller cities or towns. These universities give you a close-knit supportive environment, and the peace you need to focus on your study, while still being within range of larger cities for weekend trips.
Is the university accredited?
US and Canadian universities that meet and maintain certain standards are considered 'accredited.' Employers, other universities, and governments around the world only recognize degrees from accredited universities. Our carefully selected universities have institutional accreditation and also have accredited academic programs. For business, the gold standard is AACSB accreditation, held by around 30% of US business schools.
What is the university's ranking and academic reputation?
American publications compile a variety of unofficial university rankings and most students want to apply to the highest ranked university they are eligible for. However, when choosing a university, consider how it fits your needs, not just how highly it is ranked. Many students dream of going to Ivy League institutions such as Harvard and Yale, but entry is very selective and only 7% of applicants are accepted.
We have carefully selected universities that are outstanding choices for international students and consistently achieve academic recognition. For instance, Long Island University's MBA is taught in one of the 'Best Business Schools' in America according to two popular rankings lists. And James Madison University is named one of the '50 Best Value Public Colleges' in the USA.
Will you get individual attention?
Individual attention can be critical in helping you succeed in your academic courses. We only work with US and Canadian universities that offer the support services you need for success. Our university partners have learning support centers, international offices, and an average ratio of 1 professor to 14 students.