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The Graduate School Application Process One Step At A Time

By far, the greatest hurdle we have as graduate students—other than writing of the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation—is finding and enrolling in the graduate studies program of our choice.

If you are anything like I was at this point, you are tearing your hair out debating which entrance exam to take (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.), when to take it, how to take it (paper or PC based), where to take it, what if the scores are low, what does it mean, when and how do I file for admissions, are recommendations needed, and why the heck am I doing this anyway??? It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world!

Sooo, what do you do? Sincerely, the very first step you should take is to consult with a graduate admissions counselor at the university you will attend or with an independent education consultant or counselor who specializes in graduate admissions. Your counselor or consultant can provide you with guidance and details related to testing and the admissions process that will help you negotiate the gauntlet and generally relieve a lot of your worries and stress.

Though I won’t go into specifics in this article, I will make a few suggestions regarding planning for your admissions and enrollment.


If you’ve done all of this, you still have much to do, so don’t grow too complacent. While you’re waiting for the admissions office to make a decision, investigate your financial aid opportunities; look into fellowships, graduate/teaching assistantships and on-campus employment opportunities; and, if housing is required, start looking immediately.

For more information on independent education consultants and counselors, visit the Higher Education Consultants Association site or the site for the Indepenedent Educational Consultants Association.

Until next time!

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