Thursday, September 24, 2015

Preparing Your Application: Class Visits

This is the second in a blog series discussing best practices for preparing your application for Johns Hopkins SAIS. Today, we'll be covering Class Visits.


When preparing to apply for graduate school, it's important to do your research. You can read as much about a program as you want, and you can read books and articles by the professors you hope to study under. All of that is a great start--in fact, if you've already done that, then you're ahead of the game in many aspects.

But how do you know if a program is a good fit for you? The best way to do that is to visit campus, to speak with current students, and most importantly, to visit a class.

Now, this isn't an actual component to the application process, so it may seem like an odd thing to include in a series about application preparation best practices, but think about it: the best way to get a feel for a program and how it fits your needs is to immerse yourself in it. And what better way to do that, than sit where other Johns Hopkins SAIS students sit? And it may spark some ideas for your Statement of Purpose--and if you can better envision yourself as a SAIS student by sitting in your class, it may also lend some clarity to the application process.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS DC campus is offering fall semester class visits now through November 20. To see available classes and to sign up, check out our Class Visit Schedule. Click on "Filter Calendar View" and select "Events" to see all the classes available. Take note--class visits must be scheduled a week in advance.

Thanks for reading!

--Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

This is the second in a blog series discussing best practices for preparing your application for Johns Hopkins SAIS. In our previous series post, we covered Letters of Recommendation.


More in this series
Letters of Recommendation
Interviews
Statement of Purpose
Standardized Tests
The Analytical Essay