When ALL applications materials are received, 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, then you will probably hear sometime in March or April
The factors that determine acceptance
This will vary from program to program. Your GPA, GRE and/or MAT 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, but differently by the various institutions and programs.
Drew professors can provide invaluable insights into what institutions will be evaluating.
What to do when you are accepted 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.
It is advisable to also send a letter to the programs you’ve been accepted to, but choose not to attend.
Having an alternate plan
During the “waiting to hear period” of January through March, some students take this time to consider other options in the event that they are not accepted into their programs of choice or choose to defer their admission.
One option available on campus is to become involved in the Career Center Interview Program. Many organizations list their positions at Drew and interview on campus. So, read email announcements and stop by the Career Center to learn how to review our listings of full time jobs.
By submitting resumes and having job interviews, you will gain experience that will be invaluable. A job interview can be practice for a selection interview at a university. You will also become more attuned to the working environment in your field of interest. Knowing the kind of opportunities that are “out there”, can also help to reaffirm your interest in going to graduate school.
What to do if you do not get accepted
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 your not being accepted.
If you still want to pursue going to 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.
If your GPA was the factor that prevented you from getting into programs of choice, 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 applying to graduate school. Work experience and positive employer recommendations can gain your admittance at a later date.
Why people are rejected
Here are some common reasons. Some can be avoided.
- not meeting the pre-requisites for a program.
- having poor grades or an inappropriate undergraduate curriculum.
- weak letters of recommendation.
- lack of research, extra-curricular or volunteer experience in a related area.
- filing incomplete applications.
- having letters of recommendation and transcripts arrive after the deadline.