US Universities Undergraduate Programme -
Studying undergraduate programme is the commencement of one’s career and it turns out to be a stepping stone when the undergraduate degree is earned from one of the top universities of the USA. The United States is one of the prominent destinations for international students because of a vast number of academic options, flexibility of programmes and quality of American education. Being at the forefront of technology and educational techniques, US universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Stanford and Caltech are in the list of world’s top 10 universities. Along with the strong education techniques, students studying in US universities also get opportunity of practical training that helps their resume to stand out of the crowd.  Here we take a look at US universities' undergraduate programmes in detail.

US Universities Undergraduate Programme: What, When and How?

Most popular UG Programmes in US Universities - Business, Economics, Engineering and Computer Science are some of the popular courses among international students. Universities in the USA also offer dual degree programmes to outstanding students after a year.


Here are some of the popular fields of study for UG programmes in USA-

  • Aeronautics and Aviation Science

  • Art

  • Business Administration

  • Economics

  • Chemistry

  • Engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Computer Science

  • Environmental Science and Health

  • Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Political Science and International Relations

  • Public Relations and Administration

  • Photography

  • Nursing

  • Pharmacy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Psychology

  • Law

Of the courses listed above, Business and Management, Engineering and Economics are very popular UG programmes in US universities among international students.

Business and Management is an umbrella programme that opens doors for a candidate to many fields such as marketing, human resources, finance, banking, management and entrepreneurship; hence, it requires a study programme designed on case studies and practical training. Being one of the most sought-after courses Business and Management coursework is offered by most of the US universities. University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California—Berkeley are ranked in the top five in US News Best Undergraduate Business Programs Ranking.

Top universities

Minimum required SAT section score in each section

University of Pennsylvania


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Not specified (Required SAT subject-Math)

University of California-Berkeley

Overall minimum 1370

University of Michigan


New York University 

Required but score not specified (Required SAT subject test- One math/science/literature/humanities score)

Engineering specialisation is one of the popular UG programmes in the USA among students who want to contribute to the growth of their country in terms of technology, lifestyle and new inventions. This specialisation has several disciplines in which Aerospace engineering, Chemical engineering, Civil engineering, Computer engineering and environmental engineering etc. are the most sought-after disciplines in US universities undergraduate programme. 

Top universities

Minimum required SAT section score

SAT subject Test score

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Not specified (Required SAT subject-Math)


Stanford University 


No but recommended

University of California--Berkeley

Not specified (Required SAT subject-Math Level 2)


California Institute of Technology 


Not specified

Georgia Institute of Technology

Overall minimum 1370

Not specified

According to World University Rankings 2018 by Subject Economics, the United States of America is home to eight out of 10 world’s best economic schools. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Stanford are placed above London School of Economics. According to a study in 2011 by Georgetown University, economists in the United States take home an average $75K annually. Economic graduates majorly accept jobs in finance and marketing sectors such as investment banking analyst, data analyst, marketing manager and auditor etc.

Top universities

US News Ranking

Harvard University


Stanford University


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


University of Pennsylvania


University of Chicago


Basic Eligibility- US Universities UG programmes require aspirants to complete at least 16 years of education before applying for an undergraduate programme. Minimum qualification required to apply for UG programmes in the USA is 10+2. However, it is not only your academic background which can help in admission. Universities in the USA prefer a complete application package: standardised test scores, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume and application along with an elaborate essay. Standardised test scores are conducted to evaluate student’s critical thinking, academic knowledge and proficiency in the language.

Standardised tests required to apply at US Universities-

TOEFL- TOEFL is an English Proficiency test conducted by Educational Testing Service. TOEFL scores are accepted in 9,000 colleges, universities and organizations and other TOEFL participating institutes across 130 countries in the world. The test has two versions TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) and TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) and is being conducted more than 50 times a year.

IELTS- IELTS is one of the top English proficiency tests jointly managed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The test scores are accepted by 7000+ institutions in over 130 countries. There are two versions of IELTS– the Academic module and The General Training module.  Minimum IELTS score accepted by the top universities in the USA is 6.0.

SAT- SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a computer-based test divided into three sections i.e. Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing to test a student's ability in reading, writing and mathematics and critical thinking. Average critical reading and Math SAT score accepted by MIT is 1500 which is common for most of the top US universities' undergraduate programmes.

LSAT-LSAT is a standardised test required for students interested in law studies. It is designed to measure skills that are essential for a student to succeed in law school. It consists of three sections- Reading Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. Minimum LSAT score accepted by Harvard Law School is 170.

Application package- Universities in the USA require a complete application package along with the application. The most common portal to apply for study in the USA universities is the Common Application and Universal College Application. Here is a list of most common documents asked by every university from students to submit along with the application. On the basis of these documents, universities select or reject a candidate.

Student Visa - There are two most common type of student visas to study in the USA; F-1 Student Visa and J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. The F-1 Student visa is for students who are going to pursue a full-time study in universities of the USA and J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa is for research scholars, professors and exchange visitors. 

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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.


Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?

lakshita shaan 3rd Apr, 2020
Hey vasu,
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Good luck!

Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?

Animesh Vats Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.


Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india


Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?

Nikki Nair 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant

It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.

As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work

According to research

The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968

The middle range income is approx $704,170

the lowest paid are $350,000

And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!

So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not


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