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CIPA Application Tips: The Personal Statement

Tom O’Toole, Executive Director of CIPA, offers his perspective on making the personal statement section of your graduate school application truly stand out. (more…)

CIPA Application Tips: The Video Interview

Tom O’Toole, Executive Director of CIPA, describes a unique part of the CIPA application process: the video interview. (more…)

CIPA Application Tips: Letters of Recommendation

Tom O’Toole, Executive Director of CIPA, shares tips for obtaining high quality letters of recommendation for your graduate school application. (more…)

Application Advice from Current Students: Letters of Recommendation

Make no mistake: letters of recommendation are important, and how you approach them is critical.  Ultimately, you want to know that the people from whom you’re requesting an endorsement harbor no reservations about your ability to succeed.  And you want to be sure that they understand exactly what program(s) you’re applying to, what your long-term goals are, and what qualities the program is looking for in a candidate. And, last but not least, you don’t want to annoy these folks and demonstrate an inability to plan ahead by waiting until the last minute to request a letter.  (more…)

Application Advice from Current Students: Writing Your Personal Statement

Have you ever wondered why universities require a statement of purpose?  To me, it boils down to this: it’s about making a match.  At CIPA, we want to know if you’re a good fit for a program AND whether the program is a good fit for you.  We know that you’re investing a lot in your graduate degree program and we want to make sure that we can help you accomplish your goals.  (more…)

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