Tip: You can work and rework your application many times before submitting it – just make sure to save your application each time.
3. Perfect your Statement of Purpose.
Utilize your friends with excellent editing skills to give your application materials a final once-over to make sure you don’t miss any glaring errors.
Reminder: Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s.
4. If you feel confident with your completed application, submit it early! Submitting early allows the admissions office to check your entire application and let you know as soon as possible if you are missing any materials.
Tip: Don’t wait until the last moment to catch mistakes!
5. Continue to research additional funding opportunities.
Tip: There are many scholarship/fellowship opportunities that have deadlines around the time graduate applications are due, make sure you are prepared for them.
6. Attend an Online Information Session or Office Hours
Check out the full schedule of online programming through out blog.
As the application deadline approaches, we know you have many questions regarding the admissions process, fellowships, and many other topics. To help answer your questions, our office will be hosting a variety of online programs throughout December and January.
Online information sessions will include a short presentation regarding the topic noted and additional time to ask take questions from the audience.
Online Office Hours allow you to chat with an admissions director and ask questions you would have asked via email or a phone call. It is a quick and easy way to receive an immediate response.
If you would like to attend any of the sessions below, please complete the RSVP form at go.gwu.edu/esia14online. Soon after you RSVP, we will send instruction on how to join the session.
Most of our programs have a foreign language requirement for application and graduation. We are also often asked about opportunities to take language while studying at the Elliott School. While many programs do allow students to take language courses as electives, there are many opportunities to learn or solidify language skills outside of the traditional classroom.
While most of GW’s language classes are held during the work day, there are many alternatives for students who want to take a class in the evening. One of these is the Global Language Network, or GLN.
GLN is a great low-cost option for language learners in DC. It was originally started as a student organization at GW and is now a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It is almost completely volunteer run, which is why it is able to offer low-cost classes. If selected for a class, students submit a class deposit of $150 and a $50 registration fee. The deposit is refundable at the end of the session if only two classes are missed. The $50 registration fee is for administrative expenses.
As we reach mid-November, be sure to check our our November checklist including advice and steps to ensure you are on track to complete your application! (And don’t forget to check out our October checklist too!)
Start the online application, or at least complete the recommender section, so that your recommenders can have access to the online forms. Giving your recommenders plenty of time to submit their letters before the deadline will allow you to focus on other parts of your application.
Reminder: Your recommendations will be linked to your account even if you have not submitted your application.
2. Start your Statement of Purpose
Begin drafting your statement of purpose. Show your statement to those who know you well to get good feedback. Always remember to write, and then rewrite.
Tip: Remember to follow our prompt. This is not a cover letter!
3. Collect your transcripts
Start gathering your transcripts from all of the schools you attended. Ideally, you should request an official copy, open it, and then upload each one into your application where appropriate. Don’t forget about any community college transcripts where you might have taken an economics or language course!
Tip: Submitting all of your transcripts with your application will shorten the processing time of your application.
Tip: If your transfer/study abroad grades are not on your home institution transcript, you must submit a copy of those transcripts as well.
4. Visit us! The Elliott School offers information sessions most Mondays and Fridays at 11:00am at the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Tip: If you can’t make it to campus, keep an eye out for announcements about online information sessions.
5. Take the GRE/TOEFL
Your scores must be valid at the deadline (January 15, 2014). TOEFL scores are valid for two years and GRE scores are valid for five years.
Tip: Send us all of your GRE scores! As long as the exam is on the same scoring system, we will take the highest section scores.
6. Follow us!
Check out the Elliott School Graduate Admissions Facebook page at facebook.com/esiagrad for more application tips.
OID: Hello from OID and thanks for talking to us today! Let's start with the basics: Who are you, where do you come from, and why did you pursue development at GWU?
My name is Kerry White, and I’m originally from the suburbs of New York. I ended up in development in kind of a circuitous way. I started my career in international journalism in Northern Ireland, then did Teach for America and taught for a few years.
At the Elliott School, we provide a number of resources for our graduate students: career development, international education, advising, events, and many more. Students often forget that there are a wide variety of resources also available to them throughout GW. For example, the Center for Student Engagement has a specific division for Graduate, Distance, & Professional Students.
This division offers works with many other GW offices such as Academic Support Services, Gelman Library, and the Writing Center to ensure graduate students are being served as well as undergraduates. They also organize events like DC United games, Graduate Student Town Halls, and outings to many site in the DC area.
For example, one of our graduate students recently attended a pumpkin patch trip before Halloween! Check out the picture below! To find out more information about the Center for Student Engagement, be sure to click the links above!
Yesterday we held our second and last Prospective Graduate Student Open House for the Fall 2013. Thank you to all of those who attended!
For those of you who were unable to attend, don’t fret! You can watch the entire recording of the October Open House through the Web Video Initiative. You will hear from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Graduate Student Career Development, International Education and Programs, Academic Programs (skills courses), and Associate Dean Doug Shaw. There is also a Q&A session at the end that covers the majority of our frequently asked questions. Enjoy!
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