Wednesday, September 9, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: How to Prepare for Application Season

The fall academic school year is always a busy time for prospective students researching and gathering documents to apply for different graduate programs. We understand how overwhelming this can be, so we've created a list of tips and tricks on how you can start preparing for the 2021 application season.

Tip #1: Relax

We know how overwhelming the information overload can be. Most of us have been in your shoes at one point, and we know how stressful this can be. Our biggest tip for you is to relax, have a positive attitude, and take this opportunity to grow.

 Tip #2: Speak to a current student

 Unfortunately, campus visits and recruiting events are cancelled for now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get to know the school! Our admissions ambassadors are available via Zoom and email to answer any questions about the school and its programs that you have. The insights gained by speaking to a student may also help you craft your Statement of Purpose later on.

Tip #3: Prepare for an interview

An interview is a unique opportunity to put your best foot forward. Applicants to the MA program in Washington, DC have the chance to do an optional interview with a current student as part of their application. These interviews are evaluative in nature, and offer candidates an opportunity to add another dimension to their application. Slots for these interviews will fill up quickly, so we highly encourage you to check the calendar and pick a date once the calendar is live. 

Applicants to all programs at SAIS Europe are interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. If you applied to SAIS Europe after the deadline for application, the Admissions Office will contact you to set up an interview, via Skype or telephone. Interviews are a way for us to get to know you, hear your motivations first hand, and provide you with an opportunity to ask us questions

Tip #4: Plan ahead in requesting letters of recommendation 

Thinking about who you want to ask for recommendation letters is a good way to prepare for the application season. If possible, it's always best to request a letter in person from someone you know will have good things to say about you. If going in person is not an option, make sure you send your email request early to give the person adequate time to prepare a well thought-out letter. 

Tip #5: Research funding opportunities 

Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a number of fellowships that students can use to fund their studies. Do your research early to make sure you meet the requirements and stay up to date on deadlines.