Nearly every applicant to graduate school receives at least one rejection. Applicants who receive acceptance letters from some graduate programs receive rejection letters from other programs. Rejection stings. The first part of dealing with rejection is accepting it - feeling the pain. Then it is time to understand why rejection happens and to consider your next steps.
Also: Post-rejection: Learn how to improve your application
Many students who are accepted to graduate school are surprised to find that the hardest part of applying to graduate school comes after acceptance: deciding where to attend. How do you choose a graduate program? How do you decide where to attend graduate school? Follow these tips on how to choose. In addition these suggestions intended for students who are wondering where to apply to graduate school can also help you weigh programs in making decisions on where to attend. The simplest piece of advice is to try to imagine what your life will look like at each place. Visualize your day-to-day life within each program and you may find it easier to choose.
Survey the task at hand: Graduate school admissions is tough business. The process of getting into graduate school begins long before an application form is completed or an admissions essay drafted. The most successful students are mindful of their goal of getting into graduate school in mind throughout college. They seek out useful experiences early -- and are more likely to gain admission to graduate study. Here's what you can do as an undergraduate junior or even sophomore to advance towards your goal of gaining admission to graduate school.
Don't plan on cramming. If you want to learn and remember material well past the exam date you must put time and effort into studying. Sometimes, however, you might find yourself with lots to learn and remember and very little time to do it. Here's a primer on how to cram