Applying to Graduate School
Application Process: Tips and Considerations
- As a general rule, consider applying to 5-7 programs; this will vary with competitiveness of the
field and costs of applications.
- Prior to beginning an online application, try to get a complete copy so you can gather
all necessary information to make the application process most efficient. Follow instructions!
- You will most likely have to write a statement of purpose or essay(s). Have others
review them and provide feedback. Answer the questions each school provides; do not
use one generic essay for all applications.
- Ask professors in advance if they can provide recommendation letters. Provide ample
time in advance of deadlines (1-2 months) for professors to write letters. Give them
clear instructions regarding where and when to submit the letters; most faculty will
also like a copy of your application essay and/or resume to help them as they tailor
their letter for you and your goals.
- Request official transcripts from all universities, colleges, or community colleges
where you completed coursework.
- Standardized test scores (e.g., GRE) will be submitted to each school you designate
on your score report. You may have to arrange and pay for additional score reports
should you apply to a larger number of programs.
- Other items you may need include: resume, portfolio, co-curricular portfolio, and
a writing sample such as a graded academic paper.
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