On standards or conventions specific to the United States higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, or Oceania.

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Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?

A comment on this question on undergraduate admissions notes that a good college might get 10x more applicants who all have the maximum possible grade point average, than the college can admit. (The ...
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How does hiking in Himalayas show academic promise, as an admission criterion?

I am a student from India and I have been reading a lot about graduate admissions in US lately. I have read in some article that an average(below average) applicant from the "maybe" pile is moved to ...
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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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How can a full professor from a developing country get a job in the United States?

I am a full professor of chemistry from Iran. I want to move to the United States. I have a good record of publications, teaching, executive positions, conference participation, etc. However, as I ...
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In computer science in the US, is there a bias towards hiring junior faculty straight from PhD programs?

In computer science in the US, is it harder to get employed as a professor if you've had to do post-docs, or if you decided to work in an industrial research lab for several years?
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Is membership in learned societies important in academic career?

Countries have different strategies and procedure, but academic career is somehow similar: research publications, teaching, funds, awards. I mean academics do the same thing in all countries to be ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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My GPA is about 3.2 and now I'm worried that I can't apply for Phd in US. am I wrong? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Control Eng. in Politecnico Di Milano in Milan(Italy), my GPA is about 3.2 and know I'm doing my thesis now but I'm worried that maybe I can't apply for Phd in US ...
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To whom is title “Professor Emeritus” given in the US?

Is the title given to those professors who have had a huge impact by their research and/or teaching and now on reaching the autumn of their career are less active in teaching and taking students but ...
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How to specify Phi Beta Kappa membership?

I am writing a letter of recommendation for a student whose record includes membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. How do I express this? Jane was named to Phi Beta Kappa. Jane was awarded ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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What happens to summer salary funds if one has more than three months' support?

If someone has been successful enough with grant support that they somehow manage to accumulate more than three months' summer support per year, what happens to the remainder of the funds above the ...
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Admission to Ph.D. program at U.S. university without guaranteed funding

Recently I got admission from one U.S. university for my Ph.D. study, and they offered me a kind of scholarship that only covers my tuition fee. When I asked them about other funding possibilities ...
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Where does the US Department of Education report university graduation rates?

Where can I find the report that states the fact below, quoted in a CNN article? Only 40% of middle-class college entrants who were high school seniors in 2004 had secured bachelor's degrees by ...
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Is there an informal understanding at universities about PhD student funding?

This question was prompted by answers and comments on this question about PhD student funding. I am under the impression that STEM Ph.D. graduate students, when accepted into an RU/VH university in ...
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How to convert Australian grade to US GPA? [duplicate]

I am wondering how to convert Australian grade(HD, D, C, ...) to US GPA (A+, A, B, C ...) I tried few websites but those showed me which I think of as "too good to be true" results. For example, ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...
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Can I refuse a stipend during a PhD program?

I was admitted to a US PhD program (in computer science, if that matters) with fellowship + stipend. I am getting a separate stipend from my government (which is higher than the university stipend), ...
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In the US, if I cannot finish my PhD in 5 years, will I lose my stipend and have to pay for my own living costs?

The contract says financial support is for 5 years. I am not able to support my own living cost.
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How to use international experiences for a US faculty position? [closed]

I have studied and worked outside the US, now I am applying for a faculty position in the US. I understand that the competition is very tough, as search committees prefer candidates who have studied ...
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Is regional accreditation important for a masters degree?

My understanding is that a regionally accredited school is important for getting into other schools, such as when applying for a masters program. But considering a masters program is typically the end ...
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Course load expectations for teaching track and how to negotiate for courses

I am a new lecturer (non-tenure track) at an American engineering university (lecturer=teaching track professor, in my case). I am on a 9 month rolling contract and am contracted to work between ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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TA-ship requirement for funded international applicants

As I have read from other questions in this SE site, for all international students who apply in PhD program, it is required that to be TA for that department they have applied to. And in the other ...
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Why are there so many awards in academia in the US compared with academia in France?

I spent a bit of time in France and in the USA. I observed that there are many more awards given to students and academics in the US than there are in France. Is that observation correct, and if so ...
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How can international students improve chances of getting into top US/UK schools

I graduated last year from my university which is located in a developing country. It is the top university in the country but relatively unknown to the outside world. I graduated from CS at the top ...
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How difficult is it to undertake a Humanities PhD. at Harvard (converting to the American system from Europe/UK?)

Before I begin, feel I should make it clear that I have no doubt that undertaking a PhD. anywhere, let alone at Harvard, will be a difficult and strenuous task! To briefly explain, I have graduated ...
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Would it be acceptable to occasionally sleep at the lab?

I'm currently an undergrad, and work as a researcher in an EECS lab. Recently, I discovered a novel application to work on, and so for the last few weeks I've been staying at the lab late almost every ...
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How many external reviewers is typical for a tenure case?

If someone is on a tenure track in a science or engineering department at U.S. institution (Tier 1, if that makes the question more focused), and it is time to review his case to be tenured and ...
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How prestigious is a Microsoft Research scholarship

This question is intended to be analogous to the Fulbright one; however, the Microsoft Research scholarship would be for a PhD. How may this scholarship influence one's possibilities to work in the ...
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Are US PhD admission offers binding?

So I have just accepted (via some online function on the website) an offer of PhD admission into a prestigious US university. I have also been in telephonic and email contact with staff at this ...
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Is it possible for an F-1 graduate student in US to do internship in Europe?

I am a graduate student in US with F-1 visa. I have an internship offer from a company in France. Is it possible/feasible for me to accept this offer, or are there any rules preventing me from doing ...
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Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses?

Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses so that all of the classes could be taken online? Online courses are cheaper, more profitable and more efficient to produce quantity of ...
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Lack of take home examinations in mathematics classes?

Why are so few grades in undergraduate formal math classes in most US colleges based on take home examinations or papers, barring one or two research/self study class? The formal math classes I am ...
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European MSc vs MEng in CS when applying for PhD in the US?

I've read other questions regarding MEng vs MSc when applying for PhD in the US. However, those questions were from people studying at US universities, and I have a question about transition from ...
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Does getting an offer from a U.S. phd program earlier than normal mean getting a relatively better offer?

As I browse the Internet, I observe that a U.S. phd program may send its offers to the applicants at different time points. However, does this difference imply the difference in favor? I mean, does ...
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How much do math professors get paid in the United States?

I have been researching professorship (full tenure) and I have been wondering what these full time professors make? I am not talking about professors are Harvard, but middle-good universities? In ...
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Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?

Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?
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How does the admissions process work for US Ph.D. programs, particularly for weak or borderline students?

When applying to a PhD program in the US, how does the admissions process work? If an applicant is weak in a particular area, is it possible to offset that by being strong in a different area? Note ...
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What education does one need to be called “Professor” in the United States of America?

What education does one need to be called "Professor" in the United States of America? A woman with a law degree in a junior college paralegal program insists on being called professor at a local ...
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Can the US general schedule (GS) scale be mapped to academic rank?

There are a number of US government jobs that are in essentially academic research labs that are unaffiliated with a university (e.g., the NIH and the national laboratories). The salary for some of ...
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How much of a role tuition revenue plays in underwriting research?

I knew that TA positions in American schools are usually borne out of tuition revenue. Tuition revenue (that is, the cash that comes from the sometimes exorbitant undergraduate tuition) is usually ...
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Master of Research (MRes) schools in the U.S.?

Are there brick-and-mortar or online schools that confer Master of Research (MRes)-type degrees in the U.S.?
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Is it possible to switch to a better university for PhD after completing a Masters in computer science?

Is possible to get into a "better" university for PhD after doing an MS in a relatively low grade school in the United States? If so, what kind of profile is expected during admission?
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Must graduate applicants who will need funding submit financial statement for I-20?

I am applying this time for graduate admission in physics at Utah. In the online application they require a financial statement. Does graduate admission require it too, even though I must need a ...
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Applying to History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) PhD programs?

History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) is a relatively small field with a handful of PhD programs in the U.S. Are their any resources on applying to HPS PhD programs and pursing a career in HPS?
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What must an international graduate student do before arriving in the US?

I am an international student, and I am going to be doing an MS in Structure and Materials in Aeronautics at MIT. Before I arrive, what do I have to do?
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Faculty hiring differences in Theoretical Computer Science between US and UK/Germany

I'm a PhD student in theoretical computer science in the US. This question contains some great answers on how to get a faculty job in Theoretical CS. I wonder whether there are some significant ...
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Does the NSF support researchers with no academic affiliation?

It seems that NSF only supports researchers affiliated with academic institutions. For instance, if a researcher is in the industry, is there a chance to get funding from NSF for a pure academic ...