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Academic Studies about Graduate School Admissions

Getting in to grad school is certainly a challenge. One of the best ways to prepare for both your applications and your future success once you’ve been admitted is to research, research, research! It’s not enough to simply know all about the program you’re applying to (which, by the way, you should know everything about the program before you apply). You should also know the ins and outs of the admissions process itself. And what better way to learn than from scholarly, well-researched articles written by Ph.Ds and professors themselves? Below are 3 insightful, researched studies that discuss grad school admissions. Don’t let the titles intimidate you–these studies are truly enlightening!

1. Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process – This study presents the 5 “kisses of death” that ruin otherwise stellar applications. Don’t make one of these crucial mistakes!

2. A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of the Predictive Validity of the Graduate Record Examinations: Implications for Graduate Student Selection and Performance – Wow, that’s a long title, perhaps unnecessarily so. Regardless, this article discusses the implications of the GRE and undergraduate GPA on future success in grad school. Is the GRE really a valid predictor of success?

3. Factors Influencing Self-Rated Preparedness for Graduate School: A Survey of Graduate Students – What factors of undergraduate education best prepare you for graduate studies? Faculty interactions and participation in research are two; read on to discover more!

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2 Responses to Academic Studies about Graduate School Admissions

  1. Vamsi January 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm #


  2. Wing Lok December 14, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    Those articles are really helpful, especially the first one. Thank you very much!

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