“I came in for graduate school advising last year as an undergrad. It was absolutely the best decision I could have made, and I wanted to say how grateful I am for your help while I was applying and awaiting my decisions.”
-Jade Payne, 17′
Take the time to research the universities and programs of your interest.
Below are some factors you should consider:
- What is the reputation of the program?
- Where is the program located (what are the weather conditions, cost of living)?
- What are the admissions criteria (GPA requirement, entrance exams)?
- What types of classes and concentrations are offered? How do they relate to your interest?
- What is the size of the institution? What are the research interests of faculty?
- What types of funding opportunities are available (grants, fellowships, scholarships)?
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
- How many students apply / are accepted to the program?
Develop Your Personal Statement
Most programs may require a personal statement. Consider these useful tips for writing a winning statement. For assistance with grammar and sentence structure, contact the University Writing Center.
Build a Timeline
It is recommended to begin the application process at least three semesters prior to the application deadline.
- Determine the schools to which you plan to apply, and request application materials.
- Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible.
- Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process.
- Write a draft personal statement.
- Research graduate admissions prep classes.
- Meet with faculty members and visit our office to discuss your personal statement.
- Ask for letters of recommendation.
- Register and take required standardized tests.
- Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each application’s requirements.
- Order transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
- Complete and submit application forms.
- If an interview is required, schedule a practice graduate school interview.
Approaching Your References
A professional reference can evaluate or discuss: academic skills, performance in your field of interest, personal characteristics, teamwork, leadership skills, and professionalism.
Provide references with ample time to write a strong reference letter. You should also provide them with materials that will help them craft a targeted letter, including a resume, information about the program and coursework, and a stamped pre-addressed envelope (if applicable).
Graduate and Professional Schools Fair
Provides students wanting to study beyond their bachelor’s degree the opportunity to meet with representatives of graduate, law and professional schools nationally and abroad
Check out additional grad school prep workshops
Graduate Admissions Tests
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Review/Editing Service of Personal Statements in PHPL Advising
UCF Pre-Health and Pre-Law students and alumni can contact the office at 407-823-3033 to find out how to submit your personal statement for review AT NO COST.� It is always beneficial to have at least one other person review your personal statement to assist with message clarity, appropriate content, grammar, formatting, and structure issues, and the Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising office can provide feedback in these areas. In addition to personal statements, we will also review any writing that is part of your application process, such as autobiography, secondary/supplemental application answers, activity descriptions, diversity statements, addenda, etc.
Additionally, please observe the following deadline dates for submission of your personal statement for review during each application cycle; depending on load, personal statements submitted after these dates may not be able to be reviewed. Other documents (ex. secondary/supplemental application answers) listed in previous paragraph can be reviewed after the deadlines below.
- September 1st: Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
- October 1st: Dentistry, Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine
- November 1st: Physical Therapy
- December 1st: Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Podiatry, Public Health
- March 1st: Law
Writing Personal Statements for Health Professional Schools
Writing Personal Statements for Law Schools
Student Testimonials – Personal Statement Review Service in PHPL Advising
- “The personal statement reviewer was very helpful, responded in a timely manner, gave lots of comments/tips.”
- “Great feedback in both realms of grammar/syntax and overall flow.”
- “I’m in an OT program now, so PHPL’s reviewing service is right on!“
- “A great service that was extremely helpful!“