Study in the USA: Know All About Spring (January) 2022 Intake

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Jul 06, 2021 06:37 PM

Missed applying for the Fall 2021 intake to study in the US? Here is the timeline for Spring (January) 2022 intake that you should follow in order to ensure a successful application process to one of the top US universities.

Have you also been told that Spring intake in the United States has more cons than pros, unlike a Fall entry? Being one among the three large admission cycles in the US, the spring intake also sees a huge number of applications from across the world. While the Fall intake is favoured more than the Spring intake by international students, the spring intake is, to some extent, associated with a host of myths and misconceptions.

The Spring entry programs start in January whereas the Fall intake programs in the US begin in August/September every year. What starting in January also means is that you would be joining in the middle of an academic year, which typically boils down to graduating at a later date. However, what makes a Spring intake better is the smooth transition it offers due to less competition which often turns overseas education into an uneventful process.  

Now that you know the basic difference between the two, let us plunge into the misconceptions surrounding the Spring admission cycle and the timeline for the US Spring intake 2022 along with the top universities open to admissions in Spring 2022.

Busting Myths About Spring Intake in the US

Here we've busted some of the myths related to the Spring intake in the US:

  • Fewer Courses: The number of courses on offer in the Spring intake is equal to that of Fall. The curriculum of every course is designed to meet the requirements of students entering the university in either of the two intakes.

  • Teaching & Research Assistantships are Limited: The more you connect/ network with your department, the easier it is for you to find Teaching Assistantships & Research Assistantships. It has no connection with when the student is taking admission.

  • Fewer Scholarship Opportunities: This is again entirely false as availability of scholarships depends on how well a department is funded. Usually, universities receive equal amounts of funding for both the intakes.  

  • Getting a Visa is Difficult: Getting a visa depends on factors such as the university you are going to, your finances, among other things. Hence, it is a misconception that getting a visa to study in the US is tough.

Also Read: Timeline for September 2022 Intake to Study in USA

Timeline for Spring 2022 Intake in the USA

Overall, from researching about what to study in the US to arranging your finances, it would take you around a year to be complete all the necessary steps before you get ready for departure. Here is the overview of the timeline for the Spring (January) 2022 intake:

Timeline Activity

Research (Sept 2020 - Oct 2020)

Research and shortlist the best universities that offer your choice of course and 

meet your requirements.

Take the Required Admission Tests (Nov 2020 - Feb 2021)

Prepare, register and attempt the required tests such as IELTSTOEFLSAT


Apply to Universities (Feb 2021 - May 2021)

Start applying to your list of shortlisted universities and submit the required 

scores and documents.

Wait for Your Admission Decision (June 2021 - Aug 2021)

Wait for universities to send you their Letter of Acceptance, after which 

you can pick one university whose offer you wish to accept.

Finance Your Studies and Apply for Visa (Sept 2021 - Dec 2021)

Check out what scholarships are on offer, apply to education loans (if required) and arrange your finances. Following this, apply for your US student visa

Get Ready to Fly (Jan 2022) You are all set to fly to the US.

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Step-by-Step Guide for the Spring 2022 Intake in the US

Find out what steps you need to follow while applying for the January 2022 intake in the US:

Spring 2022 Timeline in the US

Step 1: Research Between Sept 2020 and Oct 2020

After you have made up your mind to join a US university in Spring, the first thing you need to do a proper research on everything. This would include finding a suitable course of study, creating a list of universities that would fit your criteria, understanding their fee structure and admission requirements, and more. 

The ideal way to go about this is by jotting down all your preconditions and then moving on to the rest of the points. 

Step 2: Take the Required Admission Tests Between Nov 2020 and Feb 2021

Now that you know about the admissions process of the selected universities, preparing and taking the required tests for admission such as ACT/ SAT (for Bachelor’s courses) or GMAT/ GRE (for Master’s courses) should be done by February 2021. 

In addition to that, you would also have to appear for English language tests like the IELTS or TOEFL.  

Step 3: Apply Between Feb 2021 and May 2021

Get to the job of applying to all of your shortlisted universities/ colleges in the US that are offering admissions in Spring 2022. Also, make sure you have all the necessary items ready while applying. This may include the following: 

  • An updated Résumé/CV

  • Transcripts or records of grades (high school and/or university)

  • Proof of English-language proficiency.

  • Test scores (SAT, GMAT, ACT, GRE)

  • Statement of Purpose or SOP

  • Application fee

  • Writing sample

  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Step 4: Wait for Your Admission Decision for the Next 3 Months

What do you do after you are done applying to universities? It might be difficult to sit anticipating what the future holds or what might show up in your email the next day but, during this time, you can try alerting the universities and adding to your files and increase your prospects of getting into the university.

You can also plan campus visits and wrap them up during this time, making it easier for you to kill time instead of simply waiting for your letter of acceptance. 

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Step 5: Finance Your Studies & Apply for Visa Between Sept 2021 and Dec 2021

After you are accepted by a US institution of higher education, one significant job you are required to do is getting your finances in order. Find out how much would be your living expenses each month along with what US scholarships for international students are on offer and for which of them are you eligible. 

To study at an accredited U.S. college or university certified by the  Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), you would have to apply for an F-1 Student Visa with documents that are mentioned below:

  • A valid passport

  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application

  • Application fee payment receipt

  • Photo

  • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status

  • Additional documents such as Transcripts, certificates from schools you attended and standardised test scores may also be required.

Step 6: Get Ready to Fly in Jan 2022

You are now all organised to take a flight to the US. While booking your flight, look for student discounts and connect with other international or Indian students travelling to the US. 

Also Read: USA or Canada? Which is Better for Pursuing MS?

Top Universities for the Spring 2022 Intake in the US

Listed below are some of the top US universities that are all set to admit students in Spring/ January 2022:

Name of Institution

City & State

Courses Available

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

List of Courses Offered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

List of Courses Offered

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

List of Courses Offered

Columbia University

New York City, New York

List of Courses Offered

University of Illinois, Chicago

Illinois, Chicago

List of Courses Offered

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

List of Courses Offered

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Massachusetts Boston,

List of Courses Offered

Florida International University

Miami, FL

List of Courses Offered

University of Dayton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

List of Courses Offered

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

List of Courses Offered

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

List of Courses Offered
University of Kansas Lawrence List of Courses Offered
Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon List of Courses Offered
Suffolk University Suffolk County, Massachusetts List of Courses Offered
George Mason University Virginia List of Courses Offered
Hofstra University Long Island List of Courses Offered
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio List of Courses Offered
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah List of Courses Offered
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona List of Courses Offered
DePaul University Illinois, Chicago List of Courses Offered

Texas A & M University

Kingsville, Texas List of Courses Offered

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