Graduate SchoolAdmissions: 101
http://whitman.syr.edu
Discussion Points“From Decision to Enrolling”•Self-Reflection•Research/Compare•Identify your affinity schools•Become the “...
Self/Reflection Identify your interests     Where are you now, and                                       Appropriate Crede...
Self-Reflection Identify your career goals Research your field or functional area Is graduate school required/right for...
Research/Compare:                  Work Backwards What does your ideal profession look like? Research the profession,    ...
Research/Compare: Graduate       Degree Offerings What type of program does your chosen professional require? How can   y...
Identify your “Affinity Schools”• What schools do you identify with? What is  important to you (other than the degree)• Id...
Becoming the Complete Package                              Experiential Academic         You:               Marketable    ...
Building your Profile:    “Becoming the whole package”•   Academics•   Extracurricular/Leadership Involvement•   Work Expe...
Learn what it takes…• If possible, coordinate visits to each of your  selected programs   – Speak with graduate admissions...
The Application (Part II Workshop) • Find out what is required for each school and the application   deadlines • Determine...
Application Discussions• Errors in an application  – Preventable vs. Unpreventable measures  – Case studies               ...
Financing your degree• What loans are available?• How do I find out what scholarships are  available?• Assistantships? GA,...
Follow up• Thank people for your visit – setting the  stage• Directly contact assistantship  administrators• Follow up wit...
Remember: When it comes to your   future, use your SMARTS!S- SearchingM- MasterfullyA- AlwaysR- ReapsT- TremendousS- Succe...
Contact          Joshua LaFave          Director of Graduate Enrollment          315-443-3497          jjlafave@syr.edu   ...
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Getting into graduate school: Self Reflection and Long Term Planning

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Part I of II workshop series on applying to graduate school. First workshop discusses self-reflection and becoming the whole package.

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Getting into graduate school: Self Reflection and Long Term Planning

  1. 1. Graduate SchoolAdmissions: 101
  2. 2. http://whitman.syr.edu
  3. 3. Discussion Points“From Decision to Enrolling”•Self-Reflection•Research/Compare•Identify your affinity schools•Become the “whole package”•Apply•Follow up•Whitman Programs•Q&A http://whitman.syr.edu
  4. 4. Self/Reflection Identify your interests Where are you now, and Appropriate Credentials what is needed to get you to Identify your abilities where you want to be? External Validation Identify your skills Identify your values YOU Internal Validation Identify your work Marketable Acumen habits Identify your Goals Your Ideal Career http://whitman.syr.edu
  5. 5. Self-Reflection Identify your career goals Research your field or functional area Is graduate school required/right for you? When should you do it? What differentiates you from others? How can you compete? Can you identify the “benefits” in pursuing graduate education? http://whitman.syr.edu
  6. 6. Research/Compare: Work Backwards What does your ideal profession look like? Research the profession, understand the KS&A’s of the career Understand the industry, and the top companies within that industry Research various roles within a profession. Where is the growth and areas of opportunity? What credentials are necessary for this profession? What are minimum requirements, ideal requirements, and exemplary areas of opportunity? Find professional organizations associated with your field and what their backgrounds are Conduct informational interviews, learn from alumni in these fields http://whitman.syr.edu
  7. 7. Research/Compare: Graduate Degree Offerings What type of program does your chosen professional require? How can you be competitive in the marketplace? Determine what makes a good program (from multiple perspectives, including your own!) Review graduate program websites, obtain printed literature. Compare strengths and weaknesses. Make tables and analyze. Where are alumni? What research has been done in the field by faculty? How is the school ranked? What is the reputation of the program, and how has the school done in placing their students? http://whitman.syr.edu
  8. 8. Identify your “Affinity Schools”• What schools do you identify with? What is important to you (other than the degree)• Identify top choice programs to apply for – Schools you can definitely get in – Schools you are likely to get in – Aspiration schools• Prioritize and Analyze http://whitman.syr.edu
  9. 9. Becoming the Complete Package Experiential Academic You: Marketable Acumen & Differentiate d Excellence Interpersonal http://whitman.syr.edu
  10. 10. Building your Profile: “Becoming the whole package”• Academics• Extracurricular/Leadership Involvement• Work Experience/Internship• Developing written and verbal expression• Membership to professional organizations• Depth: Its what you take, not just what is on the diploma! http://whitman.syr.edu
  11. 11. Learn what it takes…• If possible, coordinate visits to each of your selected programs – Speak with graduate admissions representatives, program directors, faculty, current students and alumni if possible• Research what graduate programs in your field look for in an applicant (fast forward to help you plan for today)• Ask Questions! It is a two way street http://whitman.syr.edu
  12. 12. The Application (Part II Workshop) • Find out what is required for each school and the application deadlines • Determine which application items need to be sent where: – Official Transcripts – Admissions Essays – Application – Letters of Recommendation – Standardized Exam (GMAT) – Writing Sample – Interview – Resume • Allow for ample time to complete each item • Discussion of the typical recruiting cycle (deadlines) http://whitman.syr.edu
  13. 13. Application Discussions• Errors in an application – Preventable vs. Unpreventable measures – Case studies http://whitman.syr.edu
  14. 14. Financing your degree• What loans are available?• How do I find out what scholarships are available?• Assistantships? GA, SA?• Other options? http://whitman.syr.edu
  15. 15. Follow up• Thank people for your visit – setting the stage• Directly contact assistantship administrators• Follow up with other perspectives that you engaged with and look for “word-of-mouth”• Post Visit “To-Do’s” for your self – Debrief• Informational Interviews http://whitman.syr.edu
  16. 16. Remember: When it comes to your future, use your SMARTS!S- SearchingM- MasterfullyA- AlwaysR- ReapsT- TremendousS- Success http://whitman.syr.edu
  17. 17. Contact Joshua LaFave Director of Graduate Enrollment 315-443-3497 jjlafave@syr.edu http://whitman.syr.edu
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