US Grad School



By Rajkamal Rao 

Are you someone who wants to pursue graduate studies at a US college or university to get a MS/ME/MBA/Ph.D degree?  Are you currently already in a 4 year college studying for a BS degree?  (Some 3-year college degree students can apply to attend US graduate school). 

Then, this tab, with all of its associated links, is for you.  There are three important sections which will direct you to pages throughout the site.

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1.  Overview of US Higher Education

In this section we provide a good overview of US Higher Education.  Consider showing these pages to your parents or other elders who may be skeptical of your ideas to go to the US to study.
  1. Facts about US Higher Education
  2. American Universities are the World's Best Engines of Innovation & Discovery;
  3. The US Education Experience is Unparalleled
  4. The US Dominates Nobel Awards;
  5. US Higher Education is a Ticket to Better Employment Opportunities.

2.  Problems of International Students

We believe that as more international students seek to go to the US for higher education, they are increasingly getting a bad deal.  They end up making many wrong choices - throughout the admissions process - that will affect them throughout their career.  In effect, the return they get on their hard-earned investment is poor.  We will show you why this is the case and give you detailed  information - all for free - to help you be more successful.

We are management consultants by training and the first step in trying to solve a problem - in this case, the problem is that international students are getting a bad deal on their investment - is to identify its root causes.

  1. International Students' Return on Investment (ROI) on US Education is Low
  2. Common Mistakes of Students During the Application Process
  3. How an International Student Currently Gathers Information About US schools
  4. Commission-Based Recruiting Agencies Lower Student ROI 

3.  Our 7-Step Method To Successfully Apply to US Schools

We believe that there's a much better way to prepare, plan and market yourself so that you can go to the right US school.  And avoid many of the issues we have outlined in other posts on this site.

There are seven crucial things you have to do to succeed.  Yes, these steps take some effort but we are confident that your rewards - not just in school, but after your graduate abroad - will be higher.  In many ways, we are advising you to completely change your mindset about the entire process .  Our approach combines traditional, old-world methods (when Asian students went to elite US schools in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's and became one of the most successful ethnic groups in the country) with modern technology to help improve your chance of getting into the right school.  We show you how to better define your personal brand, choose the right school based on detailed US macroeconomic and micro economic analyses, and create a killer application package that will help you demand more from your school.

But first, we must remind you that our 7-Step approach constitutes the all-important "Strategy" part of the whole process.  What do we mean by strategy?  The Businessdictionary.com website defines Strategy as "a method or plan chosen to bring about a desired future, such as achievement of a goal or solution to a problem".  This is what our 7-Step approach focuses on.

And then, there are execution and operational details, such as arranging finances; obtaining a student visa; and buying airline tickets.  We don't cover these important - though mundane - items on our site.  We leave these details to an outstanding website - EducationUSA.info - sponsored by the US Department of State.   

The image on the right is taken from the EducationUSA website.  Notice that the full life cycle of going to the US as a student - from ideation to landing on the ground in the US - consists of five mega steps.  The first step, "Research Your Options" is what we call Strategy.  This is where we come in.  For the remaining four mega steps which are more "Execution" in nature, we suggest that you return to the advice specified on the EducationUSA website.  This service operates in 170 countries.  You can even talk to professional advisers of EducationUSA for advice on timelines and required tests; the visa process and a transition to US life. 


Our 7-Step Approach

If you have the time and the aptitude, you will never need to spend a single dime (or whatever your local currency is) for consultant/advisory services throughout the process.  You could just use our website (and its recommended links) and EducationUSA to do it all yourself.  We will show you how through our 7-step approach:
  1. Step 1: Prepare Better. Define Your Brand & Decide What You Wanta t
  2. Step 2: School Rankings Matter Less Than You Imagine, So Think Different
  3. Step 3: Choose Your Target States by Better Understanding the US Economya
  4. Step 4: Identify Occupations in Demand and Industries that are Trending Upward
  5. Step 5: Review School Selection Factors, Including Financial Considerationsfa
  6. Step 6: Finalize the List of Schools
  7. Step 7: Finalize your Application
We have often stressed that many things in the online world - including our own website - continue to be excellent and free!  In fact, we have created a separate page which summarizes all the FREE links for you.

A US president once said that what plagues American elementary and high school education is the “soft bigotry of low expectations”.

This message is also so apt for the ambitious foreign student wanting to enter the United States.  Please don't accept sub-standard or mismatched schools.  You are paying a lot of money - often committing the savings of loving parents or even borrowing in their name - to get a shot at a better future.  So, demand to get into the right school.  Aim higher. And increase your Return on Investment.

We are glad you are here.




A Note About Rao Advisors Premium Services
Our promise is to empower you with as much high-quality, 100% ethical and free advice as is possible via this website.  But parents and students often ask us if they can engage with us for individual counseling sessions.

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