News file for: Guide to US Graduate Schools
Now that you have received an offer from a graduate program, you will need to get ready to leave for university!
Towards the end of February to April, you will start receiving letters of acceptance or rejection from graduate schools. If you received an offer letter, congratulations!
There is no way to predict the weight carried by a recommendation letter. However, a poor recommendation letter may dissuade the admissions committee from considering you further.
The TOEFL test may be requested by some departments if you are not from an English-speaking country. This test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.
The most important part of the application form will be a page called the “Statement of Purpose”. Devote ample time to writing your statement and take it very seriously.
For most undergraduate students, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is a required part of their application for graduate programs.
Some graduate school programs require you to attend an interview, usually termed the “Interview Weekend”, while others do not.
When applying to a graduate program, a CV may be useful to summarize your qualifications, awards, education record and interests.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a graduate program and university. AsianScientist has identified a number of relevant issues in a checklist to help you make this decision.
AsianScientist.com has put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to studying in the US.