Application Process Guidelines

Your application is one of the most revealing indications of your motivation towards graduate study. Often times it also might be the first impression that the institution will receive of you. It is critical that you are attentive to details and deadlines. Apply early!

The Application

  • Complete the application thoroughly. Pay attention to deadlines. Save a copy.

Personal Statement

  • Read the question and answer what they’re asking! What does the reader want to know?
  • Write straight from the heart. Create a sense of your personality. Catch the reader with a bold or interesting opening statement.
  • Include specific reasons for your interest in this area of study, highlights from your academic achievements (i.e. Independent Study), future plans and details of special and unique experiences (i.e. travel or community service).
  • After writing your first draft, take a break and then return to it later for revision.
  • Ask a faculty member and/or career advisor to review and critique it.
  • Keep a copy for your files and refer to it in preparation for an interview with graduate school faculty members. Many interviewers use the statement of purpose as an opener.


  • For details regarding requests for and costs related to obtaining academic transcripts, please visit Registrar’s Office.
  • Don’t forget to obtain transcripts from other colleges/universities you have attended, as necessary.


  • Resumes for graduate school may require more detail than one for employment.
  • For examples, please check out the Resume Guide .
  • Draft a resume before your appointment with a career advisor.


  • Most schools do not conduct interviews, however; if you are invited to the school for a personal interview, practice with the tool Big Interview.