Calender for Fall 2009

The process for securing admission in a US university is a long one. It typically requires you to start the procedure almost a year ahead of from the start date of your course.

For students who would wish to pursue their graduate studies in the US starting Fall 2009, here's a calender elucidating the ideal time for each step of the admission process. It lists the general tasks required by all prospective students.
  • April - June 2008:
    Start early. Select the right course you want to pursue. Get in touch with others to help you decide. Check out the exams you require to take, such as the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL. Book a date and start preparing for the exams. [Exam Resources: GRE, TOEFL]

  • July-September 2008:
    Take the desired exams. Start short-listing the universities you plan to attend. Have a tentative list of atleast 4 universities for free score reporting of the test scores.

  • October-December 2008:
    Finalize the list of universities you intend to apply. Start preparing documents for the application process. Do keep a track of the application deadlines, to make sure you don't miss any. You can learn more about the application process at: All About US Admissions.

  • January-April 2009:
    Wait for the decisions, its a long and frightening wait. Start getting the coveted admits and don't get upset if you get a few rejects. You'll receive your I-20 during this time.

  • May-June 2009:
    Get ready for the visa interview. Book your date and prepare the documents. Your stamp for going to the US is just round the corner.

  • July-August 2009:
    Take a flight to your destination. Its US Calling :-)
    Don't forget to read the pre-departure tips to make your life easier at: Destination-USA

The time-lines mentioned are for ideal and smooth process and may vary as per individual cases. If you have any doubts, feel free to post a comment.

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June 22, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Hi, Thank you for your informative blog. I'm planning to do an MA. I need some coaching in GRE maths. could you please suggest a good tutor in Mumbai. Thank you


June 30, 2008 at 7:19 PM

please please can u give the calender of spring 09
when are the deadlines and which uni have spring intake

  US Calling

July 4, 2008 at 9:24 AM

No idea about tutors in mumbai

spring deadlines are usually in september. for specific univs, u need to check the dept websites of your course for details.


July 6, 2008 at 12:31 PM

hi.. acc 2 d calendar mentioned ..i gave my gre ..but got 1070(720+350)...iam studying B.Pharm... will that be sufficient score to get admit in a reasonably ok university with fee waiver.
MY acads are as follows:
B.Pharm - 79% (till date)
intermediate -90.2%
10th std - 84.33%
Do I need to take the test again?? is that mandatory?? coz iam not good at maths even verbal too... somehow managed to get that score.

  US Calling

July 10, 2008 at 4:28 AM

You have a good academic profile and it would be recommended that you take the test again. If you don't take the test, still you can get admission but tuition waiver would be tough.


July 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I jus finished my engineering. i am going to take computer cources this year till fall 2009. so i am going to waste this year. because of my economic background i cant afford to go in this fall. so i will write gre n toefl by this october n apply universities in this nov or dec.
the important thing here is, i dont hav good percentage in engineering and i am having 16 backlogs even...
my details are,,,
so, i am much worried of getting admit into universities and soo much worried of VISA...

can u please suggest any...

if backlogs, one year time n the percentage doesnt matter much in getting visa, i feel better...
please kindly access my request and suggest me something...

waiting 4 ur reply...


July 15, 2008 at 3:52 AM

i m striving to make a career in medicinal chemistry, a subject in pharmacy..i have already cleared my acads are
10th- 86%
12th- 83%
b pharm- 68% GRE- 1250
however nw there is one year my studies..wanted if i stand a chance fr tuition fee waiver or any other aid..TY


July 17, 2008 at 11:00 AM

parkar: there are cases where visas are issued to profile like yours. so, don't worry and give it a shot, leave the rest on god.


July 26, 2008 at 1:50 AM

which colgs suit for my profile.....
TFL-Not yet
I WAnt go for fall=09


August 15, 2008 at 4:30 AM

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August 15, 2008 at 4:31 AM

hi, im doing my final year B.E will be over by june end and my results wll be announced at july ...will tht be a problem for me to aply to any university pls help me out.

  US Calling

August 20, 2008 at 5:10 PM

No, that won't be a problem in applying. Just send the results avilable at the time of applying. Almost everyone does that.


September 3, 2008 at 3:57 AM

hello, thanks for the information.

As you mentioned, one needs to keep a track of the deadlines every university has. However, in some cases, a university has a "ROLLING" admission policy. In such a scenario, by when do you suggest one MUST apply? My Toefl is on 12th october, and since the results would take 3 weeks, I can apply by November 1st week, at the earliest.

  US Calling

September 5, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Applying by Nov 1st week would be fine even for rolling ones.


September 17, 2008 at 8:52 AM

im planning to give GRE in Dec 3rd week n Toefl in last week of Nov. can i be able to apply for Fall 09????? pls lemme know...

ur replies in this regards would be highly appreciated!!!

looking forward to hear from u ppl... pls...


October 3, 2008 at 5:12 AM

Could ye help me to select univ. for this profile of mine?thank you
Here goes my credentials...
12th-85.6% belong to EEE branch
Presented two national level technical papers,won 2nd prize...

What are my chances in getting into-

-University of memphis,tennesse
-Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville,carbondale
-IIT chicago
-University of Texas-Arlington
-George mason university,virginia

in EE dept.

(or) SHOULD I GIVE GRE AGAIN TO COMPENSATE MY LOW AGGREGATE.If at all i should(mostly i can't,but...) in november will it hamper my admission for fall '09

P.S-Suggest any good university apart from the above specified if it's
worth a shot.Thank you.


October 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

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October 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM

My profile goes as follows:

-gre score is 1080(730+350)
-awa-expecting (3.5-4)
-12th-96% (First mark-8.5)
-Presented a paper in a national symposium n won 2nd prize.
- Another paper has been selected 2 b presented in a national conference.
- I m yet 2 take up ma toefl n m sure of havin a score of 100+!!

Shall i apply for fall'09 with this score or shall i retake n apply for spring'09?

I m planning to give it a try for the following univ!! wat r my chances out here in de foll univ?suggest me something!!

1.univ of texas,dallas
4.University of Southern California
5.univ of Iowa
6.Iowa State University
Suggest me some more decent univ into which i can get an admit,pls...

regards, ajai


December 8, 2008 at 4:39 AM

guys could u ppl help me out in choosing the profile is;


December 8, 2008 at 4:43 AM



December 8, 2008 at 4:46 AM

plz suggest me good univ that my profile best fits into.......i am totally confused mind got winded up..suggest me....ur comments will worth a lot to me.ur help will be appreciated.Thnk u...


December 12, 2008 at 5:35 AM

hello ..acc to the calendermentioned i gave my gre 1000(710+290)
my acadamics
10 ......84%
12 .....89%
btech ..65%
gre ....1000(710+290)
toefl ...on feb

i planned to go to fall 2009
will u give good universities according to my profile .

prefer universities which give assistantship.


April 13, 2009 at 9:17 AM

hey..m srinivas frm hyd..
gre 1200(800+400)toefl -109
and ece - 67%
got admits frm univ of missouri - columbia and syracuse university, univ of houston main campus , iitc .m considering SYR and MU.which one is better ??
SYR is pretty expensive (about 1200 $ per credit hour) but is it worth it for electrical??or MU is better.
Plz help me out.
my email id is would b gr8 if u could mail me.plz help.


June 4, 2009 at 12:24 AM

In the context of US recession how the admission to US universities has been affected? Has it gone normal last time? What is your view about 2010? Kindly let us know your opinion.


June 29, 2009 at 7:26 AM

hv jus written my final yr BE exams.... planning fr Ms in US fr computer sci courses.... I am nt sure abt my final yr results..... so when shd i take GRE nd when will the colleges start... can i apply fr visa if i hv backlogs in final sem... pleeese suggest something


August 25, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Hi..I wrote GRE and i got 1070(quant-700,verbal--370)
12th- 85%
BE(E&C)--73%(1 -backlog)

I am planned to go in FALL 2010 Is there any chance of getting admit for MS in USA for VLSI.
Is this GRE score is enough or should i give it once again


November 26, 2009 at 8:14 AM

hi plannin to give the gre by jan or feb..lookin for a good home tutor as my math is very weak..i need someone who is well aware of the gre pattern, is experienced in teaching gre math, can give me access to sufficient tests as well as help me with the verbal section. i have already taken classes and it did not help me.i stay in andheri,mumbai.
Plz help me.


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