Guaranteed Admission to Graduate School : One magical idea

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:

  1. Browse through the list of Faculty members in the department, you should be able to locate who is the graduate advisor from the webpage.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

5 Comments

  1. Rajeshwari Solanki on March 6, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    I am eagerly waiting for the next post HSB…please make it soon 🙂

  2. amrit on October 19, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Dear Friends,

    I got a very bad GRE score 1140(750(q),390(v)).. Never expected such a low score.

    My profile is as follows: 5 research projects including one at a leading European University, and two at India's most prestigious summer research internship programs. 1 jouranal publication,3 conference publications(all international), 1 poster publication. CGPA is 8.2/10. I am currently in my 4th yr BTech Biotechnology from a leading Institute of India. Was looking for some MS/PhD in related fields in US but am really crestfallen with the score.

    Can you guys please advice in which rank universities I have little chance of success. Is GRE score that important in admission?

  3. kintu on June 5, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Hey Folks, problem !! already applied to 5 UNIZ for fall 2010,got one I20 so far.
    written the Gre twice in 2 months without prep.
    First gre score – 730
    Second gre score – 890
    toefl -90
    UG aggregate – 78 %
    good sop and lors
    have some computer courses certificates
    good co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
    NO FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS !!
    well,here is my problem.i am currently waiting I20 from my most preferable UNI.i would schedule for the VISA intervw the day i got it.i want to ask all you smart people about my VISA CHANCES !!! will i get a FI VISA with the above said credentials. i know the GRE scores are low but i have seen people getting through with scores touching 800 as well. kindly encourage and i shall not forget you.

  4. sunil basra on April 11, 2009 at 4:12 AM

    i want do gre,for settle in abroad please help me out.

  5. SAGAR DAN on January 10, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    I SCORED 930(V=460,Q=470), N WANT TO APPLY FOR MOLECULAR BIOENG… I HV GUD ACADEMIC RECORD WIT 78% IN MY UG N ALSO PURSUIN PG DIPLOMA IN NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY…WAT GUD REPUTED UNIVERSITIES SHOULD I APPLY TO MAXIMISE MY CHANCES FOR SECURING FINANCIAL AID AND GUD EDUCATION…

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