The volume of students going for the Spring intake in U.S. is generally lesser than the Fall intake which has a huge demand especially from countries like India, which follow similar timeline for an academic year. If you are interested in the Spring intake (usually starting in January or February), it's recommended to begin the application process around 9 to 12 months prior. This involves researching and shortlisting universities, preparing for standardized tests, collecting application materials, submitting online applications 4 to 6 months ahead, considering financial options, and awaiting admission decisions 1 to 2 months before intake, and then handling visa applications and travel arrangements. 

Timelines may vary, so checking university-specific deadlines is crucial. Starting early ensures a smoother process for joining the Spring semester.