Strategies for Application to Graduate Studies in USA

There are some strategies that must be noticed by all applicants who wish to enter the graduate studies in USA as follow:

  • Start early – 18 months to two years is not too soon!
  • Use references to find institutions that closely match your specialty and grant programs or research grants that apply specifically to your field. Do not apply to programs just because they exist but because they match your interests and expertise.
  • Try to take standardized examinations as early as possible. TOEFL and GRE or GMAT is essential.
  • If you have published research, documented music performances, an art portfolio or other evidence of achievement, find a way to submit them as part of your application.
  • Ask your educational adviser to offer suggestions about your application and the documents that should accompany it.
  • Try to do everything that the university requests in its application procedure. If you cannot comply with a request, explain why and suggest alternatives.
  • Emphasize your academic and research achievements, your plans for your academic and research work, and your plans for the future. At the graduate level, the primary reason for awarding financial aid is merit, not need. Be honest and accurate about the level of your need, but place emphasis on your academic promise rather than your need for total funding.

Emphasize your academic and research achievements, your plans for your academic and research work, and your plans for the future. At the graduate level, the primary reason for awarding financial aid is merit, not need. Be honest and accurate about the level of your need, but place emphasis on your academic promise rather than your need for total funding.

The appearance of your application is important. Try to type or print neatly all information requested. Never send copies of letters, but send originals addressed to the appropriate person in the academic department or graduate admissions office.

Source: http://www.educationusa.or.id

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