Fill Out the Application ?
Neatness is important. Before
filling out the original application, answer the questions on a separate
sheet of paper. You risk delay or even denial of admission if you send an
incomplete application. University admissions committees will not review
your application without recommendations and transcripts which must be
officially authorized in English. If possible, make a copy of the
completed application for your records.
Address -- Make clear
to the university your most reliable address. Permanent
address is your home address, where your parents live. Mailing
address is your current address, for example if you are
living away from home in a dormitory. You should write the
address that you want the university to use for all
correspondence. If your mailing and permanent addresses are
the same, write the word "same". You should not
translate names of streets, rather translate the
Bengali names into English letters.
Telephone Number --
international code for Bangladesh is 880. Your number is
02-(Dhaka city code)-number.
Social Security Number
-- If you have never lived in the US, you can leave this
blank; you do not have a social security number. The
university will assign you an identification number.
In almost all cases,
foreign students studying in the United States are issued visa
type F-1 (F-2 for spouses). Visa type J-1 may be issued if you
are receiving support from the US government, your home
government, or private foundations. You may prefer one type of
visa over another, but the university will make the final
Universities often ask you
to write the results of TOEFL, SAT, GRE, etc. tests on the
application. This does NOT substitute for official scores sent
by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) from Princeton. If you
have not taken the tests or do not know your scores, simply put
the date on which you took or plan to take the examinations. You
can still mail your application to the university even if you
haven't yet taken the exams. (And ETS can send your official
scores to the university even if you have not yet sent in your
application. They will create a file for you and hold the
Translate directly from
Bengali to English items about your educational background and
degrees. In general, Bangladeshi degrees should be
translated as "SSC", "HSC", and
"Bachelor of Sciences".
GPA means "Grade
Point Average". The US uses a 4-point system. You should
NOT try to calculate your average based on the American system.
To calculate your grade average, you sum the marks received, and
then divide that sum by the total number of courses. For
example, a person with the courses and marks in the table below
Since class rank does not
exist in Bangladesh schools, leave this section blank.
When answering how many
years of English language study you have had, only count formal
training in an educational institution. If you have informal
training at home or with a personal teacher, write that
When describing your
knowledge of English and other foreign languages, evaluate your
ability HONESTLY -- don't be afraid to speak highly of yourself
but don't overestimate your ability either. Rate yourself in the
areas of reading, speaking, and writing. The words most used to
describe language ability are "excellent",
"good", "fair", and "poor".
Include knowledge of any other foreign languages and Bengali.
Your first language should be described as "native".
Some examples are: Scholarships
you may have received for good results, recommendation to
participate in Student Scientific Society, and any
published work. If you have many publications, include them on a
and Community Activities
Students should be sure to indicate all
extra-curricular activities such as participation in special
clubs, athletics, theater, musical activities, writing, etc.
This is especially important for undergraduates. Colleges and
universities are interested in "well-rounded"
undergraduate students who have other interests besides academic
pursuits. If you received awards or prizes for participating,
Often high school and college students in
the US are involved in unpaid, volunteer work. They may spend a
few hours a week assisting with patients in a hospital or
serving food to homeless people in a soup kitchen, for example.
Even if you have not been part of an official program, write
anything that can be considered service to the community.