Yes, no, or defer? Instead of a binary reply, you can opt to postpone enrollment. You may be in a financial, geographical or health situation that puts your education on hold. Most accredited schools grant a deferral for health reasons (e.g. pregnancy), but always check the deferral policy lest you end up paying enrollment deposits. Don’t snub safety schools yet
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Information compiled by the GradSchools.com team - last updated November 2010 Accepting the offer You may have applied to more than one graduate program, but even if you applied to only a single program, you must assess how the program into which you have been accepted will fit your specific needs. This can be done through self-assessment, inquiries and research. You should identify what it is you are looking for in a graduate program - academically, personally and professionally.
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If you are not admitted J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, once said, "We are all failures - at least, the best of us are." This quote can serve to remind us that without making an attempt, we cannot succeed in anything.
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Information compiled by the GradSchools.com team - last updated November 2010 Summer is the perfect time to buttress all those stellar grades you've earned over the course of the past year. After all, when it comes to the jobs for which graduate school degree-holders aim, the competition gets pretty fierce. So you should be doing everything in your power to make sure your resume and application stand out.
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Information compiled by the GradSchools.com team - last updated October 2010 Waiting for admission The experience is, in general, universal: That boy or girl who sat next to you in sixth-grade homeroom, the one with the great hair and the ultra-cool Trapper Keeper, might have liked you. As in, Liked you-Liked you, with a capital L. At least, that was the rumor floating around the school cafeteria. So you slipped a note to your crush at lunch that said something along the lines of, I think you're cute. Call me tonite, followed by your phone number.
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If at First You Aren't Admitted...Dust Yourself Off and Try Again It’s that fateful week you've been waiting for. Every day you wake up with your stomach in knots. You stalk your mail delivery person like a maniac, check your email compulsively, and call Verizon because you’re certain that you aren’t receiving your voicemails.
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Information compiled by the GradSchools.com team - last updated November 2010 Don't get caught short! Probably the most important thing is to double-check everything. You should call all of the schools to which you applied and verify that all pieces of your application have arrived successfully and are being reviewed. While this may seem overly cautious, too often an application is delayed because one piece or another was never sent. For example, a professor may have forgotten to send along a recommendation or transcripts may have arrived at the wrong place.
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So what do you do with yourself all summer if you've been accepted to graduate school, but are waiting for the fall to begin your studies? Before I start, I'd like to say: Congratulations! You've worked hard to gain admission to graduate school, and you deserve a pat on the back just for getting this far. That being said, it's not going to be a piece of cake. Perhaps the greatest error of many graduate school students is going into the experience expecting something similar to undergraduate work. This is not the case!
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