Hello, Harvard Kennedy School hopefuls! We know you’re pondering your applications to all those top tier policy programs, so without further ado, here are the 2018-2019 application season essay prompts for the Harvard Kennedy School. Source: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/admissions-aid/masters-program-admissions/how-apply All Programs Personal History Essay (optional) Diversity of all kinds (race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality,… Continue reading
Hello, and welcome back to our Schools and Scholarships spotlight series! Throughout the last few weeks we’ve shown you top business, policy, and law schools around the country, as well as scholarships that are available from each of the schools. If you aren’t caught up, check them out on our blog! For this week, we’ve… Continue reading
Are you passionate about social change and creating a lasting impact? If you’re answer was yes, then read on as we introduce you to: The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Whether you’re looking to develop some hardcore analytical skills, or acquire expertise in data science, public health, international development or environmental policy, Harris has a program for you!
Here at The Art of Applying, we believe that every person applying to graduate school should have a mentor, and here’s why. A mentor will provide two things: new ideas and accountability. Even throughout this blog series you’ve learned secrets that you wouldn’t know without some form of mentorship from us. We follow the results of the people who commit to working with us, as well as the people who reach out to us but ultimately employ a DIY strategy or purchase a lower priced package from one of our competitors. When we checked back in with the people who used a cross- your-fingers DIY strategy or a la carte services from another company, we consistently found people had been admitted to less prestigious schools than our clients with similar profiles, they received less funding, or they weren’t admitted at all.
Something we’ve found to be true for all applicants is that even if everything else in your application is perfect, but your essays are lackluster, you will not get into your dream school. Every year when we’re reading about the clients of other consulting firms, we see people with these extraordinary GMAT scores and really high GPAs, and they’re baffled as to why they didn’t get into their dream schools. Many of these individuals ask us to review their submitted applications and tell them what went wrong. And you know what it almost always is? It’s that they underestimated the importance of the essay.
Today we’ll be discussing the second secret of multiple Ivy League grad school acceptances, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are. If you’re wondering what mountain climbing has to do with your graduate school applications no worries, I promise it will all make sense soon enough.
We know what you’re thinking. What on earth are mindset rituals and what do they have to do with my ability to get into my dream school or get off the waitlist of my dream school? Isn’t that something that’s up to the admissions committee—not me?
By: Brian Prestia of ReasonGMAT When people first encounter the GMAT in their business school admissions process, they are often surprised to learn that the GMAT doesn’t directly test anything about business at all! So why do schools require the GMAT in the first place if it doesn’t seem to be at all related to… Continue reading
Below are some checklists for actions you should consider taking once you hear back from your dream school: If you’ve been accepted: Celebrate! You did it! The hard work was worth it! If you received a personal email or call letting you know of your acceptance, you should definitely return the call or email with… Continue reading
Harvard Kennedy School is one of the most popular policy schools that I work on with my coaching clients. As a 2010 Harvard Kennedy School graduate and an admissions consultant who has helped numerous applicants get into HKS (with scholarship money!), I want to provide my top tips for submitting an outstanding application to HKS:… Continue reading