A well-written graduate school application essay can make the difference between acceptance and rejection. While it is only one of a number of things that you need to have perfect in order to gain admittance, it is nonetheless the most truly personal part of your application and your space to show uniqueness and worthiness for graduate school. If you accurately represent yourself, then you will be able to make a great case for being admitted to the school.
Although it might seem like it simply involves luck, getting into graduate school involves more than just having your name randomly drawn out of a pile. Admissions officers are looking to distinguish candidates in any way possible. As more highly qualified candidates are applying to graduate school every year, the process of selecting students often goes beyond comparing test scores and grades to using more subjective measures like the graduate school application essay.
Graduate School Application Essays - DePauw University
“I am passionate about the potential of the application essay to improve students’ opportunities, writing skills, self-awareness, and life-planning. I also wrote my own graduate school application essay in 2011–my Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston began with an essay I called “Immersion.” Graduating with an MFA meant an intense, challenging and joyful two years of study, which catapulted me into the company of the best writers in the country. I was honored that Anne-Marie Oomen at graduation in January of 2014. –Debbie Merion