SUNY Oneonta



1. A non-refundable application fee

2. Minimum grade point average

3. Official college transcripts

4. A particular undergraduate major

5. Letters of recommendation: Faculty you ask for a recommendation should be informed of your plans for graduate study. They will then tailor an appropriate letter. Be sure to inform them of any deadline dates. Some graduate schools have their own forms. If not, you may use the credential file service in the Career Development Center.

6. Entrance examinations: Deadlines for test registration are well in advance of actual test dates. Most common tests are: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT)

7. Samples of previous work

8. A personal statement of goals or purposes: Don't take this lightly! It is used to examine your writing ability and as an indication of your desire to become a professional in the field.

9. An interview with an Admissions Counselor or the chairperson of the graduate program in which you are interested.

The best candidate for admission will be the person who can show general strength in a combination of test results, transcripts, recommendations, and personal statement. Many times a call or letter can determine the value placed on various admissions requirements. Be aware that the specific department you are applying to has the most significant voice in determining the outcome of your application for admission.