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Tips for Applying to Graduate Schools


  • Research which schools offer the program that interests you; use the Peterson’s Graduate & Professional Programs series found in the UCS library or visit the website here.
  • You may want to also research the programs’ rankings and check on program accreditation.



  • Be aware of each school’s requirements and application deadlines (some schools will require you to apply with the University in general as well as with the specific college department).
  • Have a career counselor at University Career Center and/or the University Writing Center review essays/personal statements.
  • If an interview is required, do a mock interview with a career counselor at University Career
  • Center (call 742-2210 to set up an appointment).
  • If you have any questions about the university, the individual program and/or application process, call the specific university department for the program of your choice.
  • Possibly visit the school and talk to faculty and current students in the program.


Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

The personal statement distinguishes you from other candidates and gives the panel information on "who you are." This is your opportunity to “sell yourself” to the school. It is all about you, them, and where you both can go.

  1. Formal writing is expected. Be sure to always use proper grammar.
  2. Be creative and grab attention with your opening paragraph.
  3. Narrow the focus – not too many ideas.
  4. Make yourself stand out by being honest and stating your truth.
  5. Answer the questions exactly and carefully. Take some time for serious reflection.
  6. Be sure to include personality factors, history, successes, failure, and academics.
  7. Simple is sometimes best.
  8. Provide passion, but more importantly provide persuasiveness.
  9. Proofread, proofread, proofread!
  10.  Come into the UCC and/or the Writing Center to have your statement looked over.