When ALL applications materials are received by the institution, your file is forwarded to the academic department. A committee of faculty will evaluate your application.
If the institution has a rolling admissions policy, they will act on it right away. If they have a fixed application deadline, you will probably receive a response sometime in March or April.
Factors that Determine Acceptance
This will vary from program to program. Your GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, undergraduate course of study, the reputation of our school, as well as your essay, extra-curricular activities and work experience will be weighed differently by the various institutions and programs.
Acceptance into a Program
Besides celebrating with your family and friends, call and advise the Office of Admissions as soon as possible about your plans to attend the program. Follow up with a formal note of acceptance.
If you have been accepted to an institution that you do not plan on attending, contact the school and let them know. You may be allowing another student the opportunity to attend that school.
Having an Alternate Plan
During the “waiting to hear period” of January through March, take time to consider other options in the event that you are not accepted into your desired programs or you choose to defer admission.
Applying for jobs is an option. The Center for Internships and Career Development is happy to advise you and help you apply for positions.
Not Being Accepted into a Program
It is important to be prepared for the possibility of being rejected. A change in a program’s direction or funding, cut-backs in staffing, or an increase in the number of applicants for a program can all account for not being accepted.
If you still want to pursue graduate school in the future, then take the time to reassess your credentials and evaluate how you can improve them. Speak with your faculty advisor or a career counselor to help you determine a new course of action.
Reasons Candidates are Not Accepted
Some common reasons that candidates are rejected:
- Did not meet the pre-requisites for a program
- Has poor grades or an inappropriate undergraduate curriculum
- Submitted weak letters of recommendation
- Lacks research, extra-curricular or volunteer experience in a related area
- Submitted incomplete applications
- Letters of recommendation and transcripts arrived after the deadline
If your GPA was the factor that prevented you from getting into the program, you may want to consider:
- Taking a few graduate level courses after you graduate from Drew. Excellent grades in these courses will indicate your ability to do graduate level work.
- Working in your field of interest prior to re-applying to graduate school. Work experience and positive employer recommendations can help you gain admittance at a later date.