Applying to Graduate School – Notes From the Front

This is a guest post by Noah Greenberg.

As I take a gulp of cold coffee dregs and hunch over the stack of papers on the café table in front of me, I realize that applying to graduate school is way more difficult than I thought it would be. ­

If I had to do it over again, I’d send myself some advice on how to apply to grad school the right way, and how different it is from applying to undergraduate universities.

Undergraduate programs scatter the country like a Verizon coverage map: they’re everywhere. No matter where you look, you’ll find an undergraduate liberal arts program at a respected college. That’s not to say it’s easy to get accepted everywhere, but the choices are endless. Graduate school programs, on the other hand, are elusive.

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