Every graduate program is different, so make no assumptions that the
application process will be the same for each school. It is your responsibility
to read instructions carefully and submit all required information for
each program. The following are some general tips to assist you.
Choose the schools to which you will apply carefully. Non‑refundable
application fees, plus the cost of National Tests (i.e. GRE, GMAT, DAT,
LSAT, and MCAT) add up quickly. These test scores are likely due at the
time of application, which means taking tests at least two months in
advance of deadlines to insure receipt of scores.
If you are interested in financial aid or assistantships and
fellowships, inquire about these early. In most cases they require a
different application form and are due on a different date. You may be
required to complete multiple applications for a single program.
Read all instructions carefully and keep a check list of things to do
and dates on which all relevant information must be completed. Deadlines
are crucial. Some of these things include applications (both admission
and financial aid), fees, transcripts, references, test scores, samples
of previous work, essays and personal interviews.
It is extremely important to fill out forms and applications completely.
Take time to make yourself stand out. Do not leave blanks or exclude
information that may seem unimportant to you. If asked to list "any
additional information not contained elsewhere which you believe the
admissions committee should know about," try to develop at least one
paragraph that pulls the pieces of your application together.
Some applications request essays or ask questions which require
considerable writing. It is important that your response is
professionally prepared. Not only will your statements be judged on
content, but writing skill, accuracy, legibility and neatness will be
taken into consideration as well. Seek assistance from advisors, the
Writing Center or Career Development staff.
Two final points are worth mentioning:
First, it is a good idea to type applications to give them a
professional appearance unless the application states otherwise.
Second, make a copy of your application and all other
correspondence for your own file. These will come in handy if problems
arise or you are called for an interview and wish to review your
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