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Twardowski Career Development Center

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Twardowski Career Development Center

225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2501

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)

The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.

Drop-In Hours (no appointment needed):
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm

About The Center & Staff Directory

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.
  • Proofread!
  • 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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