Here’s what some grad school admission officers have to say about these common questions relating to applications.
Q: What do you feel about receiving emails from “prospects”?
Ans: I’d rather only hear from you if you have something to tell me that will increase your file quality.
Q: Do you look at applicant’s Facebook / MySpace accounts?
Ans: No, I don’t care
Q: What do you look for in an applicant?
Ans: The main things in order of priority are:
- Interest and exposure to subjects the student wants to take
- Test Scores.
Q: Do extracurricular activities count?
Ans: Not so much as academics. If you’ve done something really great, that counts.
Q: What is the average time spent per application?
Ans: 5-20 mins, including personal essays
Q: Does applying early help?
Ans: Yes, it increases your chances by at least 10%