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Applying To Grad School? How To Do Your Best On Your Applications

Making the decision to apply to graduate school takes a lot of thought and commitment. Grad school can be a time of great personal and professional development. But in order to reap all the benefits grad school has to offer, you’ve got to get accepted first. Here are a few tips for making your applications as strong as possible.

Start Early

Check your deadlines before you start the application process, and make sure to give yourself at least a few weeks to get your materials ready. A rushed application won’t show off your accomplishments and skills as well as a thoughtful, thorough application will. In particular, make sure to provide ample notice for the people who are writing your letters of recommendation. You should give them a minimum of three or four weeks to write and submit their letters.

Focus On Your Personal Statement

A great personal statement can help you get accepted to a program, even if your grades and GRE scores aren’t stellar. On the flip side, you can have excellent grades and test scores, but if your personal statement is weak, it will undermine the rest of your application. Whether you’re studying the humanities or taking a practical route such as an online MHA degree, figure out your personal and professional objectives for earning an advanced degree. Then write your personal statement with your goals in mind. It’s a good idea to ask a professor or another experienced mentor if they’d be willing to look over your personal statement and give you feedback, too.

Follow The Directions For Each Program You’re Applying To

When it comes to grad school applications, following directions isn’t optional, at least if you want to make a good impression. Make sure to read through the requirements carefully and follow them to the letter. If you’re applying to more than one school, keep in mind that different programs often have different application requirements. Before you start your applications, it’s a good idea to make lists of
the documents, test scores, and letters of recommendation that you need to send to each school. Then check items off your lists as you complete them.

Applying to grad school can take a lot of work, but don’t be intimidated by the process. If you put enough preparation and thought into your applications you’ll showcase your abilities well, impress admissions committees, and maybe even land a spot in the program of your dreams.

About Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist who is passionate about teaching overwhelmed students (K-12, homeschool, adult, international, undergraduate, and graduate students) how to use their talents and achievements to increase their chances of winning scholarships.

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About the author

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist who is passionate about teaching overwhelmed students (K-12, homeschool, adult, international, undergraduate, and graduate students) how to use their talents and achievements to increase their chances of winning scholarships.

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