Top 7 Reasons to get a Degree from a US University

by neville

There are over 200 nation states in our modern world, each unique in its own way, each with a vibrant and spirited culture. Yet there is little doubt that one nation stands out as the cultural, political, economic, military, and influential power. That nation is the United States.

Wherever you are in the world, there are people all around you aspiring to visit or even live in the United States. Since you are contemplating studying, we suggest these seven good reasons why you should also consider the United States. Even though your mother told you not to follow the crowd, if the crowd is going to the USA, especially to study, then join them for these seven reasons.

  1. Recognition: Your American degree will almost certainly receive worldwide recognition, if not acclaim. American degrees are highly portable. They can go anywhere easily and fit. American higher education is elite, well structured, typically well funded, and very professionally run. Industries the world over recognize that and place a high value on credentials earned in American universities.
  2. Technology: The value of technology in education cannot be overstated. American universities are some of the primary consumers of modern technology. Often, university students are used as test subjects or testing grounds for emerging technology. You can easily find yourself helping to launch the next generation of an emerging technology on our fast evolving world.
  3. Research and Development: You may find this similar to technology, but from your perspective it can be different. This is where American universities play a vital role in the economy and where you can find a place to bring your ideas to fruition. American universities are at the core of producing technology as they are at consuming “technology.” Research and development means money, means scholarships, means assistantships, means student employment. The fact that industry utilize universities, and that the best minds typically are connected to universities, makes R&D a key reason to consider an American University.
  4. Broad Spectrum: There are tens of thousands of different institutions, types of institutions, and quality of institutions available in the United States. This is perhaps the key reason you should choose America. Capitalism yields competition, and competition brings variety. That variety creates niches, and it allows you to find that institution that is the right fit for you.
  5. Choice Independence: This will resonate well with all our international prospects. The decision on what subject to take as a major is entirely yours. American universities will not assign you a major as is done in many countries. With so many competitors, American universities tend to be very student friendly, often bending over backwards to satisfy you, give you a second chance, and even assist you with the cost of your education.
  6. Cultural Experience: When you come to America, you get to see the world. Every nation is represented here. And the university environment is no exception. Universities often have students from as many as 100 different countries, depending on their size. You have the choice of finding cultural familiarity or the opportunity to assimilate into a delightful …
  7. America Itself: This is critical. This nation is rich, powerful, and has unlimited opportunities. You can work and earn your way through school legally in America. You can compete with American students for scholarships. But most importantly, your student status is a gateway to eventual American citizenship if you so desire. You will be allowed to work for at least one year in America after you have earned a degree as a foreign student. That speaks for itself.

You should now be sold on the benefits of Studying in the USA at an US University or College.  But before you start researching US Universities you should be clear about your goals, and the end result. Read Begin With the End in Mind – What happens after Your Studies in the US?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

mahmudul hasan March 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

i want to go USA for undergraduate program.but i have no IELTS score.can i apply for USA visa?


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Garin October 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hi Neville,
I was reading through and thought your article had some great points in it. Right now I’m doing a research project on the value and validity of US Degrees. Throughout writing this article was there any places or websites that you think that might be of help when doing this kind of research? Any information or help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.


neville November 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The real value in my opinion though not often admitted by everyone is being in the US and the opportunities that open up for the student. The degree while it is the primary purpose for coming to America, its value is really compounded by the many doors that are opened to anyone in the US (with or without degree). This one of the main reasons several try to enter the US under the guise of being a legit student when in fact they simply what to immigrate.

I will focus your research on the above angle. And realize that value is a relative thing, you really have to look at it through the eyes of the student, it’s more a perceived value, a comparison of what they had pre-degree (pre US) and what is available to them now with degree and in the US.

Of course if you really what to be a little more scientific in your approach and eliminate outside variables, maybe you can look at the value of a US degree outside of the US and see how that stacks up against other degrees. That way your results are not skewed by the American Dream.

Good luck. Maybe the Professor will chime in and give you some more in depth advise


Emmanuel kofi Yeboah March 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

Please sir/madam:
I apply for a college’Bunker Hill Community College’ and they sent me an application form to process, am done with it but i would like to join them God willing next year. Please should i send it to them or i should wait next year?


neville March 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

It depends on your goals and which semester you plan to start your studies. Pay attention to the deadline for application and make sure that your complete package is submitted in time for consideration for the semester you want to begin. If you are not ready now or won’t be in time no sense sending in the application if you know ahead of time that you won’t be able to get started if you are accepted.


Sanjoy kumar das February 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I am a Indian student and I
obtain very low marks in Higher
secondary science at about grad
3.5GP Which university can
accept me in U.S.A . Please any
one give me the name of the university.


neville February 23, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi Sanjoy,
If you have low marks and you know these low marks will reduce your chances of getting accepted then I suggest you work on improving your overal package beofer you apply. When I say overall, keep in mind that universities do not simply look at one score. If you are low in one area but more than compensate in other areas for it then you can still be looked upon favorable. Of course if you fail miserably in a critical area then you don’t stand a chance and I suggest in such cases you retake the exam if that is possible.

Too many US universities to give you one in particular. You should not be trying to find that one university that will accept you as is. Instead improve our package so you can be accepted my numerous schools. Will also make life easier at the visa interview.


Aidil Hakim March 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

America has high criminal rate..


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