Undergraduate Action Plan
Follow these steps to assist you in your selection and acceptance to a university or college in the U.S.
- Step 1 – Choose a Field of Study
If you are interested in a specific major, research that major. Learn everything about it that you can – special areas in the major, courses conducted, jobs involved – are they many, or few, If you have not decided on a major you can still enroll in a university. You must declare a major by your third year.
- Step 2 – Make a Short List of Schools
- Make a list of 5 – 7 universities and colleges that fit your criteria according to your financial ability and academic ability.
- From this list determine the competitive level of the institutions.
- Does the Malaysian government recognize the schools even though they are accredited in the United States?
- Can you meet the application deadline? Each university/college has an application deadline. All documents, transcripts, test scores; recommendations and extra curricular activity list must be sent to the school by the deadline.
Step 3 – Take Test
Take the appropriate tests.
For freshmen, TOEFL and SAT I. Some schools require or recommend SAT II.
For transfer students, the TOEFL test is required.
- Step 4 – Request Application Materials and Catalogs
Investigate schools on short list
Apply directly on line on the school website or download the application
- Step 5 – Send in Application
Transcripts from SPM/STPM must be translated into English
College transcripts must be original from the college and not photocopies
Syllabus information for credit transfer
Send financial information
Apply for financial aid, scholarships, loans
Enclose application fee in bank draft in US dollars (non-refundable)
- Step 6 – Receive Responses From Universities
Decide which school you will accept
Send acceptance letter to school of choice by the deadline given
Send deposit required
- Step 7 – Apply for Visa
Talk with an adviser about the visa process
I-20 document needed from university or college
Financial / affidavit of support documents needed
Make travel arrangements
Come for Pre-Departure Orientation at MACEE