The Narrowing Down Process

The number of schools you should apply to will depend on your own qualifications and the type of programs you are trying to enter.

  • Compare your qualifications with admission requirements: this will rule in and rule out programs.
  • From the research and evaluation you have done, determine what programs match what you are looking for.
  • Evaluate your financial situation. Applying to graduate schools can get quite expensive.
    Here are some of the costs to anticipate:

    • Application fees, $30 to $50. Check on eligibility for fee waivers.
    • Standardized test registration fees
    • Fees for sending scores to additional schools
    • Fees for requesting each transcript you order
    • Tuition for test preparation courses
    • Purchase of test preparation materials
    • Postage, including possibly mailing some materials by registered mail or overnight delivery
    • Purchase of envelopes,postcards, stationary
    • Duplicating costs
    • Travel expenses involved in visiting campuses
  • Determine how much money you will need and actually have available to spend on applying to schools.
  • Based on your budget and your qualifications, determine the number of schools you can apply to. Consider:
    • Applying to at least one prestigious or highly competitive school and to at least one at a larger university that offers many programs and accepts a large number of students.
    • Applying to as many as you can whose requirements you meet.
    • Not applying to programs you know you will never attend! It will waste your time, energy, and money!
  • Then:
    • Rank the schools according to your first, second, third, fourth choice etc, and according to your probability of being accepted.
    • Discuss your list with Drew professors.
    • Ask for their advice and recommendations.
    • Make a final list.
    • Begin the formal application process.