There are over 3,500 universities in the US and Eluceo understands that choosing that dream institution can be a daunting and confusing task. More than 9,000 UK students currently study in the US, and this figure is bound to grow as the benefits also increase.

Reasons why you might choose to study in the US:

  • The quality of their institutions - according to the QS World Rankings 2014/15 there are 6 in the top 10 and 28 in the top 100.
  • If you attend an Ivy League or a world top 100 university, it is a vastly better bargain than the UK. Although the "sticker price" is spectacularly high, financial aid packages are generous with someone whose family earns less than £50,000 a year getting just about everything for free. At Harvard, Yale and Princeton, more than 60 per cent of the students get something from the financial aid programme – including families that make more than $200,000 a year if they happen to have two (or more) children attending university. If your family makes the equivalent of £100,000 a year, you are eligible for a grant of more than three-quarters of the $40,000 tuition fee.
  • US liberal arts degrees take 4 years to complete with the first two years offering you the chance to study a range of courses. This gives you the room to make mistakes, try new disciplines, and keep up an interest in something besides your main academic interests. As you only have to decide at the end of your second year what you are going to major in, hopefully by this time you understand the subjects you enjoy and excel in the most.

 Why you might not choose to study in the US:

  • The US doesn't offer undergraduate medical degrees, so if you wish to study medicine or a subject allied to medicine, such as nursing or physiotherapy the UK would be a better option
  • In the same way, if you know exactly what course you want to undertake and are interested in the strict discipline of the UK curriculum then the US may not be for you.

How to choose a university

Listed on the right under 'find an American University', we've listed the websites that are useful in your search. They offer insights into US universities through league tables, student reviews, graphics, stats and pictures, and they are much more interesting and insightful (and even fun) compared to our UK versions.

We've divided the sections on US universities into: initial research, whereby you might work out a number of universities (approximately 15) which suit your requirements in its size, setting, degree type, entrance requirements; in-depth research, whereby you whittle down your choice to those you are applying to (approximately 6, although you may just want to apply to one or two on top of your UK applications) with considerations such as reputation, university "personality", class sizes and acceptance rates; information on admissions tests; and information on the application form.