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Preparing Your Application

Although all graduate and professional schools will have slightly different application processes, there are some common elements to prepare for.  Watch the video below for an overview, but research your particular programs for specifics.

Letters, Essays and Interviews

Letters of recommendation, application essays and interviews are typically required parts of professional and graduate school applications.  Select a topic below for detailed instructions and guidance on preparing these application basics.

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Additional Resources

Transcripts - You'll need to provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended when you apply.  Contact the Registrar’s Office at UCSD and other schools to request transcripts.  A small fee is often required.
Note: Your UCSD Transcript is different from your TritonLink Academic History or Degree Audit.  Request a copy for yourself.  

Resumes - Some applications may ask you to provide a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your work and activities.  To find examples and guidance, learn how to Prepare Your Resume. For a critique of your resume, come to the Career Services Center for Express-15 drop-in advising. 

Portfolios & Writing Samples – Some graduate programs in visual art, writing and performance may require you to compile examples of your creative work into a portfolio that will be evaluated as part of your application. Other academic programs may want examples of your scholarly writing.  School requirements can vary as to length, format, media, etc., so carefully follow specific instructions.  Work with people in your field to identify your strongest materials.  For some general guidance, read Prepare Your Portfolio.

For additional help with your professional & graduate school preparation and application come into the Career Services Center or contact your Professional & Graduate School Advisors.