A Short Guide to getting into Graduate School

Getting into graduate school is tough, but by no means impossible. Today, students are continuing to pursue higher education by obtaining postgraduate degrees. In the workplace, competition is increasing between potential employees to secure higher paying positions. Graduate degrees are a great way to ensure that you stand out from the crowd (and the competition). But, how do you make sure that you get into graduate school? Here is a short guide to helping you make the cut.

*GPA
Keep your GPA (grade point average) high by working hard to get good grades. Go to class, study hard for exams, and complete all of your coursework. Graduate school admissions officers are very concerned with your undergraduate grades. They want to be sure that they only accept the cream of the crop when it comes to their school, so be sure you study hard so you have solid numbers when it comes time to apply.

*Recommendations
During your undergraduate career, you should certainly become close to professors or employers and maintain good relationships with them so that when the time comes to apply to graduate school, you can ask them for outstanding recommendations. A great recommendation (especially from a respected professor or employer) can definitely set you apart from the rest of the applicants.

*Involvement
Get involved in extracurricular activities. Extra curricular activities are plentiful on college campuses. Join school-sponsored clubs or community organizations outside of class. Become an officer and show admissions officers your leadership skills. Working on or off campus can also help show admissions officers that you are responsible and dependable enough to maintain a steady job. The point of extracurricular activities is to show admissions officers that you are a well-rounded individual who is capable of balancing all aspects of your life and excelling in areas outside of academics.

*Score well.
If you want to get into graduate school, you need to take the GRE. If you want to get into law school you need to take the LSAT. And, if you want to go to medical school, you need to take the MCAT. In any case, most postgraduate degree programs require applicants to take standardized tests so that admissions counselors can have a constant to judge students against. Take a prep course and study hard to ensure that you do your very best when it comes to these tests and so that you have solid numbers on your application.

*Personal statement.
Most graduate schools will also require applicants to submit a personal statement. Some students will hire professional essay editors in order to ensure that their personal statements are the best that they can be. Obviously you want to be certain that your statement is free from grammatical errors; however, you also want to be sure that you give graduate school admissions officers a good idea of who you are and why you should be included into their diverse student body.

Applying to graduate school is very similar to applying to college. While the application process may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, if you make a checklist for yourself, organize all the documents required for your application package, and work hard throughout your undergraduate years, you’re much more likely to be accepted into a reputable postgraduate program.