Similar to UCAS here in the UK, your application portal is where you work on and send off your college application.
Your biographical information, your essays and even your teacher references are all managed through your application portal. Most colleges accept the 'CommonApp' as a means to process your application but some have their own bespoke platforms, for example, MIT only accepts its own 'MyMIT' portal
US Application Timeline for UK Students
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Deciding Whether a US University is the Best Option for You
University in the UK is vastly different from that in the US. Therefore, It's essential that you are aware of the differences between both education systems before committing to spending the next few years of your life studying at one!
There are over 4000 degree-granting colleges in the United States and each one is unique in its own way. From financing your education to typical entry requirements, there is a lot to consider. Applying to college is a lengthy process - so let's make sure we're choosing the right ones to apply to!
Alongside your standard national exams (A-Levels or IB for UK students), you'll need to complete the testing requirements for your chosen colleges. This typically consists of the SAT or ACT, two subject SATs and in some cases the SAT with essay. Check out our guide to US college testing requirements here
Can I Submit a Creative Portfolio?
Unlike in the UCAS system where you are only required to write one essay, for US universities you will find yourself writing several (and even more if you are applying to multiple colleges). Due to the nature of the liberal arts programmes in the States, these essays are used by admission officers to gain a much more in-depth outlook on you as a candidate.
Lots of Essays...
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Interviews for US universities are often optional and compared to the UK, carry little weight in your overall application. Nevertheless, it is still recommended that you have an interview if you are offered one and there are some things you can do to prepare for it.