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Ryan Black
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

We understand graduate applications can be daunting as you strive to meet demanding deadlines while balancing your regular schedule. In an effort to meet application deadlines, we often suggest starting in advance and mapping out your time accordingly:

  • Count the number of pieces you need to submit for the application, and dedicate a week to each piece. Remember some parts of the application will require more time than others.  If you have a busier week, complete a part that takes less time
  • Stay organized. Keep a checklist from the beginning of the application process.

Breaking down the application:


While there may be no ‘right’ or’ wrong’ way to create a resume, it should be neatly organized, contain no typos, and have concise content – in addition to being uniquely you. Some common pieces to include are:

  • Work Experience – including jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences
  • Education – list full education and include noteworthy academic awards or honor societies
  • Functional Skills – technical skills that give you an edge in your career field.
  • Personal Skills- highlight noteworthy abilities and character traits.

There is no “definitive” order, and not every category needs to be listed. If you do not have any work experience yet, include your volunteer experience or extracurricular activities.

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

  • Transcripts –We understand you may be completing your undergraduate degree, so it is okay to send us an unofficial transcript for review. Upon completing your degree, we do require an official transcript.
  • Letters of Recommendation- While not required, you are encouraged to submit recommendations. Especially if you feel that any part of your undergraduate course work, resume, or any experience in your life needs some reinforcement from someone who knows you well.

As a reminder: Plan accordingly and ask for a recommendation letter at least a month before you plan to submit your application. If after a couple weeks they still have not gotten back to you, you then have time to gently remind them.

Personal statements

Many students do not know what a personal statement for graduate school should look like. When writing one, it is critical to hit the key points that admissions committees are looking for.

  • Personal introduction: What qualities (i.e. Leadership, service, community, culture) sets you apart from others? Help us see what you’ll bring to our diverse community at RIT.
  • Talk about your significant work, education, and training experience(s)
  • Show how the program you’re applying for will help you reach your career goals: What are your goals and passions, and how will this program specifically set you up to achieve these goals? Show that you have done your research and display why you know RIT is a good fit.
  • Make it interesting: Detail how past experiences sculpted who you are now and why they influenced you to pursue this career path.

It’s critical to avoid being too generic. Make your personal statement specific to each of the programs you are applying to.


You are not alone, many students let taking the GMAT hold them back from graduate school.  Don’t let that be you!

The most important thing is being familiar with the structure of the exam so there are no surprises when you show up on exam day. Check out the official GMAT website for information on the structure of the exam.  
Some additional tips for studying for the GMAT:

  • Form a study plan around your schedule. Check out this guide.
  • Pick an exam date, and start studying well in advance.
  • Start out with a practice GMAT exam. See where you are at and set a goal to determine where you would like to be. 
  • Be patient with yourself, you can and will reach your goal if you work hard and stick to the personal study plan.
  • You may also choose to take the GRE if you are applying to other graduate programs that require it.  We will adjust your GRE scores to make them comparable with the GMAT. 

For more of what Saunders has to offer

Check out a few videos of Saunders on our YouTube page.  Here you will see many of the resources and events that will be available to you as a student of RIT.

For further resources and guidelines about your application process check out our graduate application instructions. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to email us at

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