By Donald Martin, Author of Road Map for Graduate Study
- Include a succinct, upbeat cover letter with your application, stating why you are interested in the institution and why you hope they will decide to admit you.
- If you have a strong friendship or professional relationship with a current student or a recent graduate, ask them to write a letter of recommendation for you.
- Be creative, but not silly or outlandish.
- Stay calm/keep your cool, whatever happens.
- Ask questions that demonstrate you did your homework and are really interested in this institution.
- Do whatever you can as an applicant and take advantage of every opportunity provided to let the institution know you want to attend.
For 7 ways to get positively noticed as an applicant, 7 deadly sins for applicants, responding to the notification decision, and much more, go to Dr. Martin’s website and review his book Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students. The website address is www.gradschoolroadmap.com.