I Sent Email and Got Favorable Response from Professors

I had posted a few articles about contacting professors by email for graduate school admission.

One of these articles was Email Template to Contact Professors. One of the readers used the template and got positive responses from the professors and she’s wondering how to proceed next.

Here’s her comment…

Thank you so much! That, of course, I did and got favorable responses. I am a graduate student in India doing master’s in clinical psychology.

I plan to apply for the Fall ’09 for master’s in psychology (clinical or counselling).

Like I mentioned earlier, I have written to a couple of professors (only those with whose research interests matched with mine) and did receive encouraging responses. Now, I want to take it further and I am a little confused.

My GRE scores aren’t great (860 total) so I am very reluctant to tell them my GRE scores and then further the conversations along the path of needed financial aid.

However, I have work experience in the field of mental health for almost a year (clinical and non clinical setting).

I have one research paper presented in a national conference and in preparation to go in for a publication (either in a national or an international journal).

My under graduation scores are good, too (72% aggregate and 81% only in psychology).

I am also getting them evaluated by WES. So please let me know, if I stand a good chance in the following universities and also advise on how you think I should take it forward from here:

  • CSU, Fresno
  • CSU, Fullerton
  • University of West Georgia (most preferred)
  • Barry University
  • UT, Tyler
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • MTSU
  • Western Kentucky
  • Augusta University

I apologize for this really long email, but I really am in a fix and need some direction. Please feel free to ask me any other information you think is required.

At this point, let me tell you, like any other Indian student, there isn’t anything much I can really do without an aid or a TA/RA. Please help.


Emails to Professors: Series

The following series of articles will give you further information about contacting professors before graduate school admission (for both master’s and PhD degrees).

  1. How to contact Professor for Graduate School Admission
  2. Think Twice Before Contacting Professors via Email for Admission
  3. 11 Tips to Follow when Writing an Email to Professor
  4. Email Template to Contact Graduate School Professors
  5. Sample Letter to Get funding from Universities in USA
  6. I Sent Email and got Favorable Response from Professors (this article)
  7. Reply from Professor is Disappointing about Grad School Admission


  1. ameer hussain on November 17, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    sir hi iam ameer hussain from pakistan inwant to get addmision in phd for doctoral degree in plant breeding and genetics so plz any professor give me acceptance letter plz sir

  2. aap on March 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    hello everybody,

    I had mailed to a few professors a month ago but didnt get any reply. So i mailed them back , and got a favourable response from one professor. this is what he wrote:


    Sorry I missed your earlier message, and thanks for applying to our graduate program. There are definitely interesting opportunites to work on social networking privacy issues.

    I am looking for new students for my research group for the fall, but it is primarily up to our admissions committee to make decisions on which students to admit.

    Best regards.

    I am now worried as to how should I proceed. What should I write to him in the next mail. I have not yet mailed him my resume, should that be attached to my reply to him?? someone please help me with this…

  3. Faiza on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Hey, I have a question.

    I have applied to US for PhD in Electrical Engineering. I contacted the professors with whom my research interests match. I gave details about my research work and asked whether they were accepting students for Fall, 2010.

    One reply I got says, "I will be accepting students for next year. However, admission to 'UNIVERSITY_NAME' is very competitive…"

    Is this a favorable reply? If yes, what should I do next? Any suggestions?

  4. sohel on April 7, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    i am from bangladesh university of engineering and technology(BUET).

    i am in my last semester.i sent a mail to a university professor directly.he answered like this

    """Thank you very much for your interest. As for now, I do expect openings in fall 2010 but I can not guarantee it by 100% at the moment (it could be January, 2011). Any way, I encourage you to apply through university website.

    If you proceed, you may contact me next spring to discuss the possibility of your joining my group. Given that you will get your degree this September, please consider also other possibilities of joining our Department earlier.""""

    what should be my response to the professor after his email to me from him????

    • HSB on April 7, 2009 at 6:19 PM

      What was your question about?

    • ruma on September 19, 2010 at 10:30 PM


      i am also graduated from BUET. I have also send several mails to professors and got reply. I think you should send mail to professor saying that you are going to apply as soon as possible . In the mean time keep in contact with the professors. By the way which university are you applying?


  5. rohit on November 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Hey everyone
    Me too sent a mail to some prof’s in my field and i got positive responses from two univ’s..
    My profile is GRE:1100(q700) toefl:107 Ug:6.5/10 two projects in the field of interest. Decent extra currics.
    Raghu i have a question for you
    I am confused between sets of univ’s
    please recommend a good one from each set
    Course:MS Electrical(Communications and signal processing) fall09
    EAST COAST (very costly for me but want to apply for one just in case i get scholarship)
    a) san jose state(+ve response)
    b)san diego state(+ve response from currrent students)
    c)santa clara(from students again)
    WEST COAST (not very expensive and living costs can be managed with campus jobs)
    a)SUNY buffalo
    b)SUNY stonybrook
    (both sort of ambitious for me. no response from anyone.)

    RAGHU PLEASE HELP (deadlines are nearing :,o )

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