Fall vs Spring Admissions
Spring or Fall admissions have always been an ongoing confusion in the minds of every student who is considering studying abroad. Both the intakes have their own benefits. It is up to you to decide which is worth your time.
Fall and Spring Semester
Spring Months: March, April, May
Fall Months: September, October, November, December
Summer Months: May, June, July, August
The universities in U.S. have two intakes for admission purposes - Fall and Spring semesters. Fall semester starts in late August and ends in late December or early January whereas the Spring semester begins in January and ends in early May.
Most of the students apply for the fall intake as their undergraduate program finishes in June and Fall semesters begin in September which makes it convenient for Higher Education unless they break off from the typical pattern for specific reasons like work experience or personal issues.
Benefits of Fall Intake
The biggest advantage of the Fall intake is the number of courses on offer. Most colleges offer a myriad number of courses in fall, a comparatively smaller number of courses during the Spring semester.
Another major advantage is the number of sources for financial assistance which a student can obtain. While funding is available during the spring intake, the number of opportunities present during fall is much higher.
The on-campus jobs and TA, RA positions usually open up during the fall semester intake, preference is usually given to students who have finished at least one year in college. Since you would have completed only 6 months of college at that time, you will be disadvantaged.
Students admitted in the Spring semesters may be grouped in a few of their classes with Fall semester applicants who have the advantage of one semester over them. This may be a disadvantage especially while choosing project partners.
To be involved with a student organisation, Fall intake is more suitable option especially if the student is keen on winning a prestigious position within the organisation. This is because the new leaders are always elected at the end of the Spring semester. By joining in the spring semester you will not have enough time to show your real potential.
Universities require the students to have been enrolled for a minimum of nine months before applying for internships outside the college. This would pose a problem for Spring applicants as they would not meet the eligibility criteria for the internship held in the Summer following their admit.
Some universities offer courses in Summer Semester (which is of shorter duration). Depending on coursework you can get credits for courses completed in summer. Students generally try to get internships during summer to get real experience. Some students also prefer to do P/T jobs to make some money for tuition fees, etc.