List of Documents Required for Applying to US Universities

Documents Required:

The admissions process at US universities is notoriously difficult and demanding. No one can afford to submit improper paperwork for this competition. The documents you must send will be determined by the specific requirements of your chosen university. Multiple forms of identification are usually needed to enter the United States. Let's check them out.  

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts for bachelor’s degrees or equivalent
  • Entrance exam scorecards – GRE / GMAT / MCAT / LSAT
  • Proof of English language proficiency scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Passport
  • Resume or CV
  • Other academic transcripts
  • Mark sheets and pass certificates
  • Work experience letters (if any)
  • Certificates for extra-curricular activities
  • Application confirmation copy
  • Proof of funds
  • Research proposal / any portfolio (for any particular course)

Top Universities and Rankings:

Now that we have an understanding of the existing educational landscape of the USA, let’s take a quick look at the top universities along with their QS World University Rankings.

Top Universities in USA for International Students and Their Rankings

University Name 

QS World University Ranking 2023 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Stanford University


Harvard University


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


University of Chicago


University of Pennsylvania


Princeton University


Yale University


Cornell University


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