Applying to Graduate School

Tips to help your application process

  1. Start collecting applications from schools that interest you. Be sure to collect all pages of the application.
  2. Keep a checklist of the application requirements, ensuring that you apply in a timely manner.
  3. Generally, applications require the following elements:
    • a paper application, similar to what you would have filled out for your undergraduate education; be sure you fill out the application neatly and completely
    • an application fee
    • official transcripts; contact the registrar's office to have Calvin send your transcripts directly to the school to which you are applying
    • test scores, you will have to take an entrance exam before you start your graduate school education
    • letters of recommendation
    • essays
    • following your application acceptance, you may be asked to participate in a campus interview
  4. Be sure that all elements of your application are fully developed and exude professionalism.

Admissions committees will be looking at your GPA, extra-curricular activities, entrance exam score, essays, work and research experience, and so on, but there is still work you can do to give yourself a boost. Be aware of the policies and procedures of each graduate program to avoid making mistakes. Also, be willing to apply for many programs-some that you are sure will accept you, and others that might be more difficult. Put your best foot forward in every aspect of your application. Although it's difficult for some people to do, now is the time for a little bragging.

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