Most schools give more careful attention to early applications. In fact, some schools do most of their admitting from the early deadline pools and have fewer slots left for the later deadline applicants. If a school has two deadlines or rolling admissions, make sure your application is among the earliest. This means you must begin in the summer preceding your senior year and will be overwhelmed with the application process during the Fall semester. Plan your schedule accordingly.
Applications are expensive. Plan to spend $40-$75 per school. Inquire about a possible application fee waiver or reduction. Despite the expense, the prudent student should probably apply to a minimum of eight schools. One or two of these applications should go to the least prestigious schools you would be willing to attend.
Before you spend time and money applying, make sure you talk to faculty about the schools you have selected. Remember that the reputation of a graduate program changes over time as stellar faculty come and go. Faculty will also know how competitive the graduate school admission process has been for recent graduates and can give you information you will not find in writing.
There are three components to most applications besides your transcripts and GRE scores:
Always check with each graduate school to which you applied to make sure that your materials have been received.
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