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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Get the Inside Scoop on Applying to Graduate School

Thinking about applying to graduate school? Wondering how to get started – and how in the world to write a personal statement that reflects your goals and experience? The UW Graduate School is offering a ten-week, two-credit course on Preparing for Graduate Education.


  • Are you unsure if you want to attend graduate school?        Come explore and find out!
  • Do you know for certain that you want to attend graduate school, but are not sure how to write a quality personal statement? We can help!
  • Not sure what program or school you want to attend?         Find your fit here!

The course seeks to engage students in determining the right “fit” for their individual graduate education goals through three primary objectives:

  • Investigation: What is your desire to attend graduate school?
    • What you need to know about the graduate school experience
  • Revelation: What do graduate school admission committees actually expect?
    • Demystify the process
    • Personal statements, resumes/CVs and letters of recommendation
  • Preparation: How does investigation and revelation lead to finding a “good fit” and how do you chart a course of action?
    • Why do you want to go? When do you want to go? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? How can you do it?

The course, GRDSCH 200: Preparing for Graduate Education

  • Fridays from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. in Dempsey Hall, room 102 (course # SLN 14521)
Questions? Contact Tylir McKenzie at

“I think my biggest concern was GPA and test scores. I thought that was the greater portion of the graduate application, but I learned it's actually the other 80 percent that counts, such as personal statement, letters of recommendation, experience and CVs. The class gave me a lot more confidence in the graduate application process, applying for graduate school and setting high goals and standards for myself.”
- Karina Marie Rivera, former grad school prep student