Grad's Guide to Graduate Admissions Essays provides more than 50 successful admissions essays straight from the source—recent college graduates making the transition to earning advanced degrees at highly selective graduate programs. Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Northwestern are just a few of the universities to which these students were admitted. Each of the essays contains designated segments highlighting the particular characteristics that make them outstanding admissions essays. Additionally, the essays are interspersed with segments labeled “Writer's Words of Wisdom,” which contain statements from the author of the particular essay with advice on the admissions process. By receiving guidance from successful graduate school applicants, readers can glean advice from a variety of perspectives, while still obtaining the critical information as it relates to well-written essays for programs within a variety of fields including law, business, medicine, education, and humanities.
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Introduction: Mastering the Admissions Essay PART I: LAW Chapter 1 University of Houston Law Center Chapter 2 Fordham University School of Law Chapter 3 University of Chicago Law School Chapter 4 University of Florida Levin College of Law Chapter 5 Emory University School of Law Chapter 6 Georgetown University Law Center Chapter 7 Boston College Law School Chapter 8 George Mason University School of Law Chapter 9 University of Texas School of Law Chapter 10 Georgetown University Law Center: Transfer Application Chapter 11 American University Washington College of Law Chapter 12 Harvard Law School Chapter 13 Boston College Law School PART II: BUSINESS Chapter 14 Harvard Business School Chapter 15 University of California, Los Angeles: Anderson School of Management Chapter 16 University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School Chapter 17 Dartmouth College: Tuck School of Business Chapter 18 Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science [Dual Degree PART II: BUSINESS, CONTINUED Chapter 19 London Business School Chapter 20 Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Management Chapter 21 University of California, Berkeley: Haas School of Business Chapter 22 Duke University: Fuqua School of Business Chapter 23 University of Virginia: Darden School of Business Chapter 24 Harvard Business School Chapter 25 Stanford Graduate School of Business PART III: MEDICINE/NURSING/HEALTH Chapter 26 Rush Medical College Chapter 27 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Chapter 28 University of Southern California: Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy Chapter 29 Yale School of Public Health Chapter 30 George Washington University: School of Public Health and Health Services Chapter 31 Northeastern University: Bouvé College of Health Sciences Chapter 32 Georgetown University School of Medicine: Department of Microbiology and Immunology Chapter 33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Gillings School of Global Public Health Chapter 34 Georgetown University: School of Nursing & Health Studies Chapter 35 The Ohio State University College of Medicine PART IV: GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES Chapter 36 Middlebury College: The Bread Loaf School of English Chapter 37 Harvard Graduate School of Education Chapter 38 University of Minnesota: Department of Anthropology Chapter 39 Cornell University: School of Hotel Administration Chapter 40 Columbia University: Teachers College Chapter 41 Georgetown University: School of Continuing Studies (Journalism Chapter 42 University of Southern California: Dornslife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (Statistics PART IV: GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES, CONTINUED Chapter 43 Columbia University: Teachers College, Summer Principals Academy Chapter 44 University of Pennsylvania: Department of Romance Languages Chapter 45 Georgetown University: Communication, Culture & Technology Chapter 46 Northwestern University: Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications Chapter 47 University of Dayton: Department of Religious Studies Chapter 48 University of St Andrews: School of English Chapter 49 Georgetown University: Security Studies Program Chapter 50 University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts Chapter 51 Harvard Graduate School of Education Chapter 52 Columbia University: School of International and Public Affairs Chapter 53 New York University: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Chapter 54 University of Michigan: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Conclusion: Starting the Writing Process About the Author
Colleen Reding grew up in Mt. Prospect, IL, and became a proud member of Georgetown University's Class of 2010. Colleen gained acceptance to her first-choice program for graduate study at Harvard University and credits her admission with the outstanding examples of admissions essays from her Georgetown classmates.
While the undergraduate essay is the focus of many books, the graduate school essay is just as, if not more, important to your acceptance into graduate level programs. Colleen Reding has helped to fill that gap with her new book Grad's Guide to Graduate Admissions Essays, published by Prufrock Press. This collection of essays provides grad school applicants with models of successful medical school personal statements as well as successful essays from law school, business school and general graduate school students, all of whom attended Georgetown with Ms. Reding for their undergraduate degrees. These essays go beyond the standard “I have always wanted to be a lawyer” and “I really just want to help people,” instead weaving personal experiences into the story of why they are the ideal candidate for admission. Readers will get a good sense of what competitive graduate programs are looking for in applicant essays, and models they can use when drafting their own. Equally helpful are writing tips provided throughout the explaining why the essay was particularly effective—writing style, choice of theme, integrating examples, etc. ,American MENSA, 4/24/15