3 Reasons to Start Your Freshman Year in Spring

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By Oshitha Narangoda
Last updated on December 1, 2023

With fewer applicants and less competition, starting your US university studies during the spring semester can offer many advantages for international students.

A group of four international students sits on a lawn under a grove of trees on the quad at their US university campus during the spring semester

The US has one of the most advanced, flexible, and adaptive education systems in the world. Typically, US universities offer three start options each the year — fall, spring, and summer, with most students starting in fall. Fall semesters typically begin in August or September, spring in January, and summer in May.

Why Choose to Start Your US Studies in Spring Semester? 

Making a decision on where to attend university can be challenging. Completing all the required application and visa documents, choosing a degree program that aligns with your goals, and traveling to a foreign country to study can bring uncertainty. It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed. 

Starting in the spring is the perfect opportunity for students who require more time to:

  • Complete the student visa process

  • Prepare mentally

  • Choose a field of study

So, if you need extra time or you experienced delays trying to meet fall deadlines, spring can be an excellent backup option. Advisors are always available if you need personalized guidance for the best time to start your US studies.

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Here are the top three reasons why international students should consider starting their US education in the spring semester: 

1. Higher Chance of Admission

Compared to fall, a smaller cohort of students typically apply for university admission in the spring. Fewer applicants means less competition — and possibly a higher chance for you to get accepted to your dream university. 

Once university applications are submitted, international students may also find greater flexibility with getting their visas for a spring start.

2. Increased Chances of Visa Success

Because fewer new students arrive for the spring semester than in the fall, spring-start students increase their chances of successfully getting their visas—

  • US embassies and consulates have more time to interview applicants.

  • Fewer applicants mean US embassies and consulates process applications faster.

Shorelight is your pathway to visa success! With a strong track record of obtaining student visas, our friendly counselors will guide you through every step to navigate the visa process successfully.

3. Flexible Virtual Learning

Conducted online, virtual learning options at US universities offer international students the opportunity to learn from anywhere they call home — using an electronic device like a smartphone or computer.

If you are an international student and wish to start your studies in the spring semester, but are unable to be on campus, virtual options let you start now and plan to travel to campus for a future semester. 

There is no one-size-fits-all path to success. Shorelight counselors are always here to help you learn more about the spring start options, discover the best degree program of your choice, improve your English skills, and more. Consider the advantages spring offers and prepare for an exciting journey in the US! 

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