Sharing the American Dream

April 27th, 2010 by admin

This story from the online Daily O’Collegian, the Oklahoma State University newspaper, does a nice job of touching on most funding options open to international students in the US, and some of the hurdles they face.

If $40,000 does not come into Khanh Lu’s bursar account soon to pay for her OSU tuition, her dream of becoming an aerospace engineer will soon end. Lu, like many of the 16,000 international students at OSU, came to the United States expecting the American dream that she had seen on television back home in Vietnam. But if her family does not have the money to show they can pay her next year at OSU when she needs to enroll, she may have to go home a little sooner than she expected.

“It is difficult for me to concentrate on my studies sometimes because I worry about the financial burden I am putting on my family,” Lu, an aerospace engineering junior, said.

Click to read the rest of the story in the Daily O’Collegian.


US News and World Report Releases Annual Ranking of US Colleges and Universities

April 15th, 2010 by admin

Each year, US News and World Report ranks thousands of US colleges and universities based on a number of factors, school input and research. Although many critics continue to attack rankings in general and the US News approach in particular, there is no doubt that it is the most influential of all college rankings. (See our previous blog posts discussing problems with college rankings and an alternate approach to college ranking.)

Today, US News released their new rankings. Harvard and Stanford tied for number one overall among US business schools, while Thunderbird Global School of Management took top honors in the International speicalty among US business schools. MIT was tops for engineering graduate schools; Yale for law school; Harvard for medical school – research, and the University of Washington (Seattle) for medical school – primary care.

For national undergraduate university rankings, Harvard and Princeton tied for top honors.

Many of the top names will be familiar to international students; however, there are many other categories of rankings that showcase excellent schools that may not be so well known around the world. For instance, Bowdoin College and Pomona College are tied for 6th in the Liberal Arts category – excellent, well-respected schools in the US, but not as well known internationally; and St. Mary’s College of Maryland and New College of Florida are ranked 4th and 5th among public liberal arts schools.

To see all of the rankings and data, visit www.USNews.com/rankings.

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