Questions tagged [united-states]

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 the world.

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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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How important is the GRE for top engineering schools in the US? [duplicate]

I am wondering how important is the general GRE exam for top 10 schools in the US in engineering? Do they use it as a factor to admit students or it can be only used for funding or none/both of them?
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How is undergraduate Indian percentage converted to US 4.0 GPA by graduate schools? [duplicate]

I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science). The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5 Now, I ...
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Which GPA (cumulative or major) is more important for graduate admissions in the US?

I live in US. In some applications it is asking to enter your cumulative and major GPA. However I am wondering which GPA is more important and which one is used for admittance famous graduate schools (...
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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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What are the standard workloads for mathematics TAs at state and private universities in the US?

I am an international student, and now pursuing my Ph.D in pure Math in a not very good (ranking 70+) and relatively small state university in U.S. As usual, I am a supported TA, and I am wondering ...
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What is the average teaching load for tenure faculty in mathematics?

I am interested in Math, specifically pure Math, in the USA. I will be on the job market soon for a tenure track position and mathjobs ads usually do not specify the teaching load. What is the ...
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Can a US university force a foreign student to obtain health insurance from a specific provider?

My wife is doing her MBA at a state university, and they have a requirement that she purchases health insurance from a specific provider (which has a pricing agreement with the university, but that is ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

I have completed my masters in English Literature from India and now want to do my PhD from the US. Should I take both the tests, i.e. TOEFL and GRE? Or only TOEFL will be enough? And if I need to ...
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Why are tuition fees for PhD students so high in the USA, despite not taking any class?

As a PhD student in a US university, my tuition fees are ~44,000 USD per year, despite the fact that I don't take any class: only 6 classes are required during the PhD program, and I've completed them ...
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Is there any way to pressure textbook publishers to reduce price?

I am an instructor in a medium-sized state school in the USA. The price for the textbook to the introductory math course that I teach just increased. Again. A new, paperback copy costs 170 USD. I want ...
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Are professors at a public university in the U.S. considered to be “employed by the U.S. government”?

Also, is a grad student who is being funded by an NSF grant considered to be "employed by the U.S. government"? I ask because I'm submitting a paper, and I have to state whether or not all authors ...
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Can international students study via distance without applying for a visa?

If an international student wants to study in a US degree program (AA, BA, MA, PhD, etc.), but entirely on-line while living in their home country, and without ever entering the US, can they skip all ...
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Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA?

I have been an international student in the US for quite a few years now (since 11th grade, 4 years to be exact), and I have always been interested in studying medicine in order to become a doctor. ...
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In mathematics in the USA, is it appropriate for your teaching letter of recommendation to be from a previous university?

I am finishing a 3-year postdoc, and will be applying to many universities for positions, including teaching colleges and research universities. I have 4 good research letters, but none discuss my ...
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What is a reasonable percentage salary increase for tenure and promotion

What is a reasonable percentage salary increase for tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor in the US?
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How are international graduate applicants perceived by universities in the US?

I've always wondered how professors and admission committees in the US think about international applicants for doctoral programs in the US. Skills: Why are international applicants selected over (I ...
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Why dissertation has no score in GPA in United States?

I saw the PhD transcript of a colleague graduated from a US university. There was no score for the dissertation, just stated Pass with no effect on the cumulative GPA. Is it common? How the ...
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Are postdoc salaries in the USA adjusted for cost of living?

I'm a life sciences Ph.D. student preparing over the next few months to begin applying for a postdoctoral fellowship. Several of my potential advisors are on the coasts--California, Boston, Seattle--...
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Should repeated course grades be included in GPA calculations for reporting to institutions in the U.S.?

I'm from Iran and planning to apply for a master in CS in USA. I'm trying to figure out how should I report my GPA, but I'm confused about courses that I have failed and repeated. Should I include ...
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What should be emphasised in a statement of purpose when applying for STEM PhD programs in the United States?

This question might be more suitable for they who are or were application reviewers of STEM ph.D. programs in U.S. universities. I want to know what kinds of s.o.p. do catch reviewers' attention? ...
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How do international PhD students typically obtain health insurance in the United States?

Could anyone kindly provide me with information about how PhD international students can be covered by health insurance in the US? : Is it often granted by the University? How much does it cost, ...
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How much time do professors have to do research on their own?

As part of their job, professors have to take care of getting funding, prepare classes, advise students, fulfill administrative tasks and attend to various meetings/conferences. How much time do ...
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To avoid legal battle, in bussiness world reference letters are written extremely terse. How do academics get away with this?

It seems to be accepted wisdom in the business world that reference letters for former employees should be extremely terse. They should confirm that the employee worked there, and essentially nothing ...
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What is the equivalent of European “seminar” in US universities?

At my Czech university where I study computer science (but I believe math and physics are organized the same way here), most courses have both lectures (professor presenting the topic to a large class)...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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Should I do a thesis, no thesis, or a capstone project in a master's in statistics?

I intend to work in industry after finishing my Masters in Statistics and am considering some universities in the United States. How will a Masters in Statistics with thesis, no thesis or with ...
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Benefit of Putnam exam

I am generally interested what are the benefits of Putnam (from both students and Professors' point of view), apart from the fact it is fun (for some) to solve difficult maths problem. I recently read ...
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How much would I have to publish to get an entry-level job?

*Edit in response to comments: I'm not asking "What is the number of publications n of quality q1 such that anybody who has n many publications is guaranteed to get a job at a school like Y?" There is ...
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Combined degree in the UK for a US Student

In a recent conversation with a person born in the UK, he mentioned his son had attended a US college for a year before deciding to move back to the UK to finish school. He told me that apparently if ...
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How to transition from MBA in Finance to PhD in Financial Economics?

I want to pursue a PhD in Financial Economics in USA/Canada. I am a software engineer and going to Canada to pursue an MBA in Finance in September from an average public university. I have studied a ...
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No response to formal Chair application. Is this normal?

I have applied to a Chair position, in response to a public advertisement from a US University (not one of the top ones, of course). This included investing some good time, sending several documents, ...
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Is it acceptable for me (an undergrad) to call professors and other research professionals by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year undergrad, and I've always been on a first-name basis with anyone in academia or in a research setting. I first worked in a laboratory in high school, and since everyone was on a ...
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Are professors paid during sabbatical?

Are professors paid during sabbatical? I'm mainly concerned about schools in the US. Answers about other countries are also welcome.
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Tax write-off for research-related expenses in the US?

I am wondering if any research-related expenses can be applied toward a personal tax write-off (in the U.S.). For example, assume I traveled to a conference or meeting to present my research, and all ...
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Are there US universities that do not need GRE and TOEFL score for admission in PhD in Mathematics?

I have completed my Bachelor's degree (3 years) in Mathematics and pursuing MSc(2 years). Currently I am in final year and expect to obtain MSc degree in next May. I am willing to do my PhD (in ...
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Is there a university that has only graduate programs?

Is there any university in the United States (or Europe) fully committed to graduate programs (master and PhD)? Why this is not a common scheme? Why research universities are not interested in this ...
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Studies on lost teaching hours due to USA Affordable Care Act?

In the USA, the Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health care to employees working above 30 hours. Some employers to save on costs have either cut full-time employees hours to part-...
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Stay put or enter the US application process

I am an American who came to Europe last fall to do an MS which would complement my BA, since the field of study for my BA was different than my current one. My original plan was to apply to PhD ...
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Statement of purpose for applying to graduate school in a different field of study than high school

I have to write a statement of purpose for a computer science graduate program. In high school I was in a different field of study (aeronautics), then I switched to computer science for my ...
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High school summer research in fields other than biology/medicine

I am currently in high school in the USA, and it is relatively common for students to work with various researchers in the summer. The majority of the work done is the medical/biology fields, and I ...
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Can individual international scholars apply for US federal funds?

When checking the grants.gov I found that individuals can directly apply for available grants. Since it was not mentioned that individuals should be US citizen, I thought that everyone can apply, and ...
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How to find an alternative international transcript evaluation service?

I need a career evaluation for applying to a U.S. university graduate program in computer science. I have an official transcript of all my exams in Italian. I've found this site spantran that ...
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Difference between computer science MS and MCS

I'm planning to apply for a master in computer science, and I need to choose between a computer science MS - master of science, and a computer science MCS - master of computer science. I haven't ...
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Is a postdoctoral scholar expected to work during the summer?

I am considering applying for postdoctoral positions in the US. However, I would like to find more information about how it is like to be a postdoctoral scholar. Question 1: Is a postdoctoral ...
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H-1B Visa Sponsorship by Universities

The statements of "Applicants who are invited to campus for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire." ...
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What is the socio-economic argument or historical basis for university tuition fees?

One of the major differences between Europe (here I am mainly referring to Scandinavia) and Northern America, from an academic viewpoint, is the perspective towards higher education. In Scandinavia ...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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Applying for a post-graduate degree with an Italian three-year bachelor's degree

I will get an information science under graduate degree this July in an Italian university. I want to apply for a computer science degree at an American university. Here in Italy the high school lasts ...
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Funding of research by commercial companies, what is the sentiment in the USA?

I attended graduate school in Switzerland, where for engineering, it is not uncommon to have research projects that are funded, in part, by commercial companies. I'm not talking about consulting, but ...