Application Tips and Advice
Although we do not have a rolling admissions cycle, applying early is always a good idea. The earlier you apply, the earlier we can notice problems. The earlier you submit your application, the more time you give recommenders to submit their letters for you. The closer to the deadline we get, the more emails and mail we get, making it harder for you to 1) get in contact with us, and 2) check your application status. We receive about 3000 applications every year, which come with thousands of packages and email messages, the bulk of them arriving near the deadline.
Also, it's a good idea to take your GRE and, if applicable, your TOEFL as early as possible. ETS can take up to a month to get the scores to us and are known to make errors with names (especially if you have more than two), making it hard for our system to connect the reports to your application. Do not wait until early January to have the scores sent to us. Our review process starts soon after the January deadline and your application should be complete by then.
Online Application Advice
- Check all email addresses twice before you submit the application, including your own. If you mistype any addresses, it can become impossible to contact you or your recommenders, which is especially important in case problems arise.
- Make sure you are not transposing your name or typing your last name as your first name and vice-versa as this will make it difficult for us to identify you. In the United States, a last name (also known as a surname) is an individual's family name, whereas a first name (also known as a given name) is the personal name of an individual.
Regarding Mailed Application Materials
The application process is entirely online. Please do not mail us the following:
- Personal Financial documents such as bank balances
- CVs or Resumes
- Notebooks or diaries
- Overly long publications (if 15+ pages, please send the abstract only and put the document up on the web, if you are able).
- Your Statement of Purpose (we will already have what you submitted online)
- Your Personal History Statement (we will already have what you submitted online)
- CDs of music performances, video games, etc.
The best way for the admissions committee to view the items mentioned above is the creation of a homepage with links.
Once You Apply
In December and early January, we are incredibly busy with applications. Please keep in mind that the more emails and phone calls we receive, the less time we can devote to processing your file because we are spending all our time responding to your inquiries. Please contact us if you feel there is something wrong, but please be patient and be aware that towards the end of the year, our office is swamped with piles and piles of mail, email, and phone calls, and it can take us some time to respond.
The application review begins soon after the January deadline. If your application materials are not in by that day, we cannot review them as part of your application. You are solely responsible for getting your materials in on time (preferably early) and you can check your application status using the instructions provided by the Graduate Division for their online application.
Please see our Career Center's webpages on applying to graduate school.
On writing your Statement of Purpose.
Questions? Please contact EECS Graduate Admissions.