Study abroad in the US: How to study free in the United States

UAStudying and getting a degree from the United States is as prestigious as the destination itself. If you get a degree from a university in the states, you can be sure of getting a suitably good job as well as strong alumni support. Studying free in the United States is very possible if you play your cards well. In this post, we are going to explain how you can guarantee yourself a full scholarship to study in the United States. We are also going to list some of the scholarship programs/organization offering full scholarships to international students.

Standardized Test (SATs)

Most admissions officers will tell you that the gateway to getting a full scholarship to study in the US is your scores on the SATs. Please don’t doubt them! As much it is wrong to use some scores gotten on just one day to determine a student’s eligibility for a scholarship, it is a great way of eliminating and reducing the number of applicants for a certain scholarship. Sad to say, admission to American universities is based primarily on SAT scores, although a couple of colleges apply a test flexible scheme in their admission process. However, most students wishing to get acceptance and adequate financial aid into prestigious American universities cannot evade the SATs. So if you are hoping to get a full tuition to study in the United States, you need to get a really good score. I have written below a list of universities and their SAT scores. These scores would remain the same for most competitive scholarships.


College SAT Total SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
Harvard University 2070 – 2350 690 – 780 690 – 790
Stanford University 2010 – 2300 660 – 760 680 – 780
Yale University 2100 – 2370 700 – 800 700 – 780
Princeton University 2090 – 2360 690 – 790 700 – 790
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2030 – 2320 650 – 760 720 – 800
Columbia University 2050 – 2320 680 – 770 680 – 780
Brown University 1990 – 2300 650 – 760 670 – 770
California Institute of Technology 2140 – 2340 690 – 770 770 – 800
University of Pennsylvania 2020 – 2290 660 – 750 690 – 780
Georgetown University 1965 – 2235 650 – 740 660 – 750
Cornell University 1935 – 2250 630 – 730 660 – 770
University of California-Berkeley 1800 – 2170 580 – 700 620 – 760
Washington University in St Louis 2085 – 2295 680 – 750 710 – 780
Rice University 1970 – 2270 640 – 750 680 – 780
Duke University 2000 – 2300 660 – 760 680 – 780


Application Essay

Nearly all scholarships will require you write series of essays to determine your suitability for the scholarship. This is your chance to write as coherently as possible. This is an opportunity for you to tell then scholarship why you are the most suitable candidate for this scholarship. As much as you don’t want to brag on your essays, but don’t be too modest. Highlight to them your various achievements and and how they’ve shaped you. To learn more on hwo to write a killer scholarship essay, please click here


List of Free Scholarships in the US

These scholarships are for both domestic and international students.

The Robertson Scholars program(UNC and Duke)

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program’s investment begins with the selection of a diverse community of undergraduate students – generally 18 at Duke and 18 at UNC-Chapel Hill each year – who demonstrate extraordinary potential. We provide these young leaders with exceptional benefits and a distinctive set of shared experiences:

  • Four-year scholarship, including undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, room and board
  • Unique access to the academic and extracurricular offerings at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Three summers of domestic and international experiences
  • Customized leadership and professional development opportunities
  • Extensive community of Robertson Scholars, alumni, and staff


   John Montgomery Belk Scholarship(Davidson College)

Annual Award Amount: Comprehensive cost (tuition, fees, room and board) and two $3000 summer stipends
Number Awarded: Up to eight in each first-year class
Eligibility: Students who demonstrate exceptional promise in academics, character, leadership, and service

The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship Program(Notre Dame)

The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship Program is a comprehensive, merit-based scholarship Program that seeks to attract, encourage, and equip extraordinary students who will have a transformational effect on the Notre Dame community, the Church, and the world.
The Program cultivates visionary leaders in the image of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., the former President of the University. The scholarship covers the full tuition of attending Notre dame for four years.


The Renaissance & Global Scholarship( Rochester University)

The Renaissance & Global Scholarship is a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to the University of Rochester. Renaissance & Global Scholars are an exceptional group of more than 80 students who come to Rochester from across the United States and all around the world: Nebraska, Illinois, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, and Papua New Guinea, to name a few. Not only are they academic all-stars, but they also have unique backgrounds that add to the diversity of our student body and extraordinary life experiences that enhance the classes in which they are enrolled.


MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

 This foundation provides comprehensive scholarships to hundreds of international students from Sub sahara Africa to receive free tertiary education in top universities in the US and around the world. The have partnered with the following universities in the US:

Stanford University

Michigan State University

University of California, Berkeley