When it comes to applying for graduate school or seminary, it’s the details that can make or break you. Here are some little but important things to consider as a prospective student:

  • Start the application process one to one-and-a-half years before you plan to enroll.
  • Try to submit all application materials at one time.
  • Have at least two other people read and proofread your application and essay.
  • Ask for reference letters at least six months before your deadline.
  • Keep a copy of everything you submit.
  • Leave blank spaces. Always leave some explanation for missing information.
  • Put off financial aid and scholarship applications until you are accepted somewhere.
  • Write in script. Type as much as possible, and handwrite carefully in print.
  • Apply and let it lie. Follow up with admissions after a couple weeks.
  • Get too creative with personal essays. Be honest, clear and thorough.