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Graduate school admissions are based on six basic criteria:

  • Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores
  • Recommendations
  • Personal Statement and Statements of Purpose
  • Work experience and/or prior research projects
  • Related life experiences, such as travel, volunteer work, and hobbies

GPA and GRE scores are important (especially your GPA in your subject area if you are applying for a PhD program), and experiences outside the classroom also count.



If the schools you’re applying to use rolling admissions or staggered deadlines, it is to your advantage to apply early. Submit the application at least one week before the deadline to make sure it arrives on time.