Education in the USA
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit 2014 report, the US education system ranks only fourteenth in the world, which does not prevent the US universities from ranking high worldwide.
Preschools and schools
Children start school at the age of five to eight and finish at eighteen or nineteen. First, they go to kindergarten, a part of elementary school. Preschool is another option. Elementary school runs through either fifth or sixth grade, depending on the school district, after which the students go to middle school or junior high school until eighth grade. High school incorporates grades nine to twelve. The complete school education course is known as
According to Neighborhood Scout, a website gathering various information on the US cities, the majority of top schools are situated in New York City.
Top US schools 2015
|1||The Anderson School||New York, NY|
|2||IS 187 The Christa
|3||PS 77 Lower Lab School||New York, NY|
for Global Education
|5||William B. Travis Academy||Dallas, TX|
|6||New York City Lab School
for Collaborative Studies
|New York, NY|
|7||Special Music School||New York, NY|
|8||New Explorations into Science,
Technology and Math High School
|9||Maine School of Science
Source: Neighborhood Scout
Most schools are public. However, there are also private ones that have an entrance exam and high tuition fees. These normally prepare students to continue their education at prestigious universities. Moreover, there are boarding schools to which students from all over the country apply such as Phillips Exeter Academy in the state of New Hampshire.
Colleges and universities
Those who completed secondary education can enter a college awarding Associate Degrees that take two years to earn. Another choice is to enter a college or university granting Bachelor Degrees that usually take four years. Further levels of education include Masters (two or three years) and PhD (three or more years of studies). Separately accredited faculties and universities issue Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Law degrees. Earning a degree in Medicine or Law in the US is difficult: full time studies can take up to seventeen years.
In total, there are about 4,000 higher education institutions in the US About 820,000 foreign citizens study there. The most popular states among the international students are California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts and Illinois. The most
Studies at the top US universities cost
Top US universities
|In the US||Worldwide||Name|
of Technology (MIT)
of Technology (Caltech)
|7||11||University of Chicago|
|8||13||University of Pennsylvania|
|9||14||Johns Hopkins University|
Source: QS World University Rankings
It is possible to apply to colleges or universities with either the Universal College Application or the Common Application. Applying and registering at many US universities is
To enter a US university, applicants need to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (American College Testing) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Also, it is essential for the prospective students to write a statement of purpose, outlining their life goals and explaining their interest in a certain academic programme. All the US higher education institutions accept the results of the tests mentioned above. The applicants should send the tests results and the documents to the University Admission Office and wait for a response.
International students holding valid
Subscribe not to miss new articles
We will send you a content digest not more than once a week