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General Graduate School Admission Advice

Timeline
The how's, when's and what's of applying for Graduate school. Use this handy feature to keep up to speed on what you need to do – and when.

Is Graduate School Right for You?Admissions Video
Graduate school can be quite a rewarding experience; there's no doubt about that. However, it is a decision to make only after much careful consideration. Before undertaking this substantial commitment, we recommend that you fully introspect on the following four questions.

Top 10 Tips for Graduate School AdmissionAdmissions Video
Here are our top 10 tips for a successful graduate school admission season...

Why Grad School Will Not Be Like UndergradAdmissions Video
A common misperception voiced by people who have never been to graduate school is that people who do apply to grad school are trying re-live their college years. In reality, anyone who applies to grad school with that goal in mind is in for a big disappointment.

Highlighting Your Research Compatibility Factor
Grad school applicants often underestimate the importance of identifying potential dissertation chairs and mentioning that match in their applications.

Which is Right for You? A Master's or a Ph.D.?Admissions Video
Although master's and doctoral degree programs are often grouped together in the category of "graduate education," the two programs represent different educational experiences and often lead to different career paths. Anyone considering graduate school should give careful consideration as to which program is the better option for them.

Sometimes It's Best to Say Nothing About a Poor GradeAdmissions Video
The axiom that 'no one's perfect' holds as true for college students as it does for anyone else. Even serious, dedicated, hard-working students sometimes graduate with a transcript that includes one or two poor or even failing grades. Those grades can later become a major source of anxiety for students who decide to apply to graduate schools. What should you do if you're a grad school applicant with one of those less-than-perfect college records?

Double-Check the Fine Print for Application Deadlines
Quick – what's the final application deadline for the graduate programs you have your sights set on?

Helpful Checklist for Veterinary ApplicantsAdmissions Video
The road to veterinary school is long – and sometimes confusing. To help get you started, here's a checklist to help with the application process.

Be Up Front With Your FailingsAdmissions Video
Undergraduate transcripts are a fundamental part of any graduate school application – and many grad school applicants have something on their transcripts that worries or embarrasses them.

Letters of Recommendation
Most graduate schools require letters of recommendation. You need to think strategically about whom you choose to write these letters.

Your GPA and Your Admission Chances
It's not unusual for a grad school applicant to worry about how their undergrad GPA might affect their admissions chances. Many misgivings can be put to rest by understanding how admissions committees look at academic records.

Preparing for the VMCAS Application SeasonAdmissions Video
For those of you who are applying to veterinary school there are a few things you must keep in mind as you look to begin the process.

Don't Let the Admissions Interview Intimidate YouAdmissions Video
Not all graduate programs require an admissions interview – but for applicants to the ones that do, it's often the most intimidating step of the admissions process.

Graduate School Waitlist AdviceAdmissions Video
One of the most concerning situations you may face as a graduate applicant is how you should handle a waitlist offer from a school you really want to attend. The decision can be difficult as you decide whether to flood your school with additional material, hoping that something you send will convince the admissions team to admit you, or ...

Choosing the Right Recommenders
"Every part of a graduate school application is important," says Senior Consultant Heather MacNeill. That said, she feels that letters of recommendation are one application component that many applicants should pay more attention to.

Should You Take the Time to Say 'Thank You'?Admissions Video
So is the use of a thank-you note – creative or not – going to give you an inside edge and land you an admissions offer from your target school? We asked one of our consultants her opinion on the matter.

Case Studies
Real students, real situations. Find out how our consultants helped these graduate school hopefuls overcome their obstacles and into their target schools!

Financing Your Graduate School EducationAdmissions Video
If you're hoping to get any kind of financial aid for graduate school, the whole process starts with the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If you have a few years before you will be applying, then you may want to seek out a financial planner to help you with your positioning.

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