Applying for Graduate School 

Below, we have outlined the items that are typically required for most graduate school application processes:

Transcripts. These provide a verified blueprint of your educational background. They will identify the classes you have taken and the grades you achieved. You will need to go to the Registrar’s Office to request that a copy of your official transcripts be sent to a prospective graduate program. You do not want to put this off until the last minute because it may take some time for your transcripts to be processed and sent. You want to leave enough time before the deadline to ensure they can be resent, should there be any concerns the first time.

Standardized Exams. Most graduate programs will require a standardized exam. Typically, it will be the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) but for some programs there may be a different exam (i.e., Medical School – MCAT Exam, Law School – LSAT Exam, Business – GMAT Exam). You will want to take your exam the spring or summer before you apply, at minimum.

Letters of Recommendation. These will provide the selection committee with their first insights into you as a person. With this in mind, you must select your authors wisely. Be sure to select individuals, typically professors, with whom you have good relations, have made a positive impression on, and who you have worked with more, either with projects in class or on research. This will ensure they can speak to your skill/ability levels, your demeanor and passion toward the field of study. You will want to be courteous when asking for someone to write a letter of recommendation and provide them with enough time, typically six months prior to the deadline, and information to author a strong letter for you.

Personal Statement/Essay. This is the second component which will provide the committee with insight into who you are as a person. For some statements, or essays, there will be specific questions for you to answer but if it is left generally up to you, you want to make sure you carefully construct your statement/essay to be informative but don’t go overboard. Be conscious of who the reader will be and what they will be looking for (why their program, how their program is a match for your skills/abilities/passions/goals, how their program will benefit from having you in the program, etc.) and provide specific examples to reinforce your thoughts.


Additional Resources

Information on Graduate School essays, personal statements, and specific information on applying to Medical School, Law School, and MBA programs

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