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? Do applicants still use them? We asked one of our consultants for his opinion on the matter.

Senior Consultant Tom Steffen weighed in with his thoughts. “Thank-you’s are a nice touch if it’s perceived to be sincere and not just a way to make a case for yourself,” he said. “They’re not a critical part of the graduate admissions process, however.”

So should they be kitschy or eye-catching? “If anything, it should be sincere and touch on something specific, like accommodating a visit or an interview.” The thank-you note just doesn’t work well as part of the overall process for graduate programs. Instead, Tom commented that the notes are “fine if following a personal visit or interview. Every contact with the admissions committee can help.”

– Tom served as Director of Admission at Duke University Graduate School before joining AdmissionsConsultants.

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