Now is the time of year when undergraduate students are finalizing their graduate school applications before they nervously wait for an acceptance or rejection this spring. Submitting a complete, not to mention impressive, application is a must to earn an acceptance to your dream graduate school. Make sure your application stands out among the thousands of other applicants this year.
If you're going to invest the time and money to apply to graduate school, you want to make your application count. Here's a checklist of items to run through before you submit that completed application.
- Check materials. Make sure that your application contains all of the materials the school requested. A graduate application package often includes an application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements/essays, and resumes.
- Write thoughtfully. Your personal statement or essays are your opportunity to let the admissions committee know you beyond a GPA and GRE score. Make it count. Your personal statement or essay should conform to the guidelines posted by the school. Make sure you're within the word count and single- or double-space your document depending on what the school requests. Answer the question succinctly, and don't stray off topic. A focused, well-thought-out personal statement or essay can boost your chances of admission.
- Proofread. You don't want a grammatical error or typo to be the difference between an acceptance or rejection. Proofread your application materials carefully. Have a professor or trusted friend read them as well. It's worthwhile to hire a professional editor to review these materials, which need to be perfect in order to earn you admission to your graduate school of choice.