The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states, one federal district, and fourteen territories. The US is the world's foremost economic and military power. It is also a major source of entertainment: American TV, Hollywood films, jazz, blues, rock and rap music are primary ingredients in global popular culture. Ethnic and racial diversity - the "melting pot" - is celebrated as a core element of the American ideology. The 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed racial and other discrimination, but race continues to be a live issue with affirmative-action programmes - intended to remedy past discrimination - and housing segregation sparking debate.
The US originated in a revolution, which separated it from the British Crown. The constitution, drafted in 1787, established a federal system with a division of powers even at the central level, which, uniquely among modern nation-states, has remained unchanged in form since its inception. The early settlers came predominantly from the British Isles. Slaves from Africa joined them involuntarily in a second wave. Millions of Europeans constituted a third stage of immigration.
Today, Asians from the Pacific Rim and Hispanics from the Americas are seeking what their predecessors’ wanted - political freedom and prosperity. This shift is reflected in America's interests abroad, which are now less European in focus than ever before. American foreign policy has often mixed the idealism of its "mission" with elements of self-interest. The latter is exemplified in its international record on the environment, which has attracted criticism, and the need to maintain energy supplies, in which the US is not self-sufficient.
At over 3.7 million square miles (over 9.6 million km²) and with more than 300 million people, the United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and third largest by land area and population. A liberal democracy, the U.S. is one of the world's most ethnically and socially diverse nations, the product of large-scale immigration from almost every corner of the globe. Its national economy is the world's largest, with a nominal 2006 gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $13 trillion.
- Full name: United States of America
- Population: 300 million (US Census Bureau estimate, 2006)
- Capital: Washington DC
- Largest city: New York City
- Area: 9.8 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles)
- Major language: English
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN)
- Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents
- Main exports: Computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft
- GNI per capita: US $43,740 (World Bank, 2006)
- Internet domain: .us
- International dialling code: +1
- The US educational experience is the best globally.
Private institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and public institutions such as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California at Berkeley, etc. are familiar to students, educators, and business leaders everywhere.
- Additionally, to the better-known institutions, the US has hundreds of other high quality public and private colleges and universities. The depth and breadth of options is amazing.
- You will find that a US higher education adds considerable value to your professional development. A US education can enhance your career and prepare you for leadership in your country.
- A degree from a US college or university is a stamp of excellence that marks you for life.
- If you are a graduate student, a US education can help you make contacts with colleagues in the US. This may lead to collaborations with leading international researchers after you return to your home country.
- With the large number and variety of colleges and universities in the US, you are certain to find one that matches your specific needs.
- On the other hand, a US education is extremely expensive. Financial aid is very limited.
- You will have to balance the cost against the prestige and quality of a US education.
Academic Entrance Examinations:
- GRE: Candidates seeking admission in a Masters Degree program in fields other than management are required to take the GRE.
- Most Universities require GRE for PhD. programs.
- GMAT : Candidates seeking Admission into a MBA Program. The score is generally valid for 5 years.
- SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test. REQUIRED FOR: Admission into any Bachelors Degree Program.
- TOEFL : Test of English as a Foreign Language REQUIRED FOR: Admission into all courses in USA and is ADMINISTERED BY : ETS ( Educational Testing Service ). WEBSITE : www.toefl.org or www.ets.org VALADITY : The score is valid for 2 years.
- Amer. Intercontinental University Atlanta; Georgia (London, LA)
- Averett College Danville, Virgina
- Azusa Pacific University Azusa, California
- Barnsley College Barnsley, England
- Buena Vista University Storm Lake, Lowa
- California Baptist College Riverside, California
- Carson-Newman College Jefferson city, Tennessee
- Charleston Southern University Charleston, South Carolina
- Clarkson University Potsdam, New York
- East Texas Baptist University Marshall, Texas
- Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
- Fashion Institute of Design Los Angeles, California
- Florida Southern College Lakeland, Florida
- Green Mountain College Poultney, Vermont
- Hastings College Hastings, Nebraska
- Heidelberg College Tiffin, Ohio
- High Point University High Point, North Carolina
- Kansas Wesleyan University Salina, Kansas
- LaGrange College LaGrange, Georgia
- Lincoln College Lincoln, Illinois
- Louisiana College Pineville, Louisiana
- Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia
- Maryville University St. Louis, Missouri
- Mercer University Macon, Georgia
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Comm College Perkinston, Mississippi
- Newberry College Newberry, South Carolina
- Northwood University Midland, Michigan
- Otterbein College Westerville, Ohio
- Pacific Union College Angwin, California
- Palomar College San Marcos, California
- Pepperdine University Malibu, California
- Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York
- St. Clair College of Arts & Tech Windsor, Canada
- St. Mary’s College (Minnesota) Winona, Minnesota
- Salem State College Salem, Massachusetts
- Strayer College Washington, D.C.
- Troy State University Troy, Alabama
- University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio
- University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, Missouri
- University of Wisconsin – Rolla Rolla, Missouri
- University of Wisconsin – Platteville Platteville, Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin – System Various Locations, Wisconsin
- Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia
- Vincennes University Vincennes, Indiana
- Waldorf College Forest City, Lowa
- Wilmington College Wilmington, Ohio
- Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas
- Bellevue University, Omaha, Nebraska
- California State University San Bernardino
- Howard Payne University Brownwood, Texas
- Husson College Bangor, Maine
- Lincoln University Oakland, California
- Maryville College Maryville, Tennessee
- Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippi
- Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, Missouri
- Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia
- Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Michigan
- Saint Mary’s University Winona, Minnesota
- State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta
- The University of Findlay Findlay, Ohio
- William Penn University Oskaloosa, Lowa
- Antelope Valley Christian School Lancaster, California
- Fryeburg Academy Fryeburg, Maine
- Hoosac School, Hoosick New York
- Lee Academy, Lee, Maine Lee, Maine
- Maine Central Institute Pittsfield, Maine
- Solebury School New Hope, Pennsylvania
- Rush University
- Widener University
- Larcentech University
- Wichita State University
- Pacific Gateway College,
- Florida International University,
- Californian State University,
- Albright College,
- Alfred University,
- Alvernia College,
- University of the Arts,
- Augustana College,
- Dean College ,
- DeSales University ,
- Fairleigh Dickinson University ,
- Florida Southern College ,
- Lasell College ,
- Long Island University ,
- Manhattanville College ,
- Marietta College,
- New England College ,
- University of New Haven ,
- Pacific University ,
- St Bonaventure University ,
- St Joseph's College of Maine ,
- Spring Hill College ,
- Woodbury University,