Today, I’m going to write about one of important matter that would help you get admission to that one “Dream I-20” that many students have been waiting for. After you get your first graduate school admission, much of the pressure will disappear.
I found this good flowchart of the graduate school admission process at the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University.
During the waiting period after you had applied for admission, you will almost always be notified about the status of the application online or through an online application status portal. It is always a good option to add some degrees of personal touch and personal interest.
I’m talking about including some personal initiatives and interests when applying to study in a particular university. Not every student who applies for universities does that.
This is especially true among students who apply through consultancy. They are usually made to simply wait for 2 to 3 months and then they will get admitted to the school which was selected by the consultancy, not the student’s own choice of schools.
The reasons behind this is a whole new topic (and a new post).
The idea that I’m going to propose would definitely increase your chances of getting admission. Track your application and when it gets to the graduate school, your work starts.
Usually, your application status will be updated and they will provide the list of professors or graduate advisors who will evaluate your application and make decisions.
Let’s assume that you don’t have those contact details. Here are some ways to find them:
- Browse through the list of Faculty members in the department, you should be able to locate who is the graduate advisor from the webpage.
- Send an email to the administrative assistant of the department where you have applied for the program (say Computer Science, Civil engineering, IE, …). For sure they will respond to your query.
- If they don’t respond in 1 or 2 days, call them during office hours and they should be able to give you the names.
After you have gathered the contact details, you need to contact them. How to contact professors for admission purposes will be discussed in the next post.
It will include details, like what type of email to write, how big its contents should be, what to include in your email and how to make a professor respond to you email. These magical ideas had worked for me, my brother and many others.