Application Essay

The essay portion is one of the more deciding sections of the application. The essay part can be confusing for most and hard to understand what to write. What types of things should be included in the essay?

  • Discuss and research experience you had, any projects you worked on, and what you learned from the experience
  • Say why you think you would be a good candidate but be subtle
  • Explain why you like the department and your interests in it
  • Speak of things that sparked your interest in science or math
  • If you want, briefly mention your other interests
  • If you have some poor grades with extenuating circumstances, disclose them and point out how they may have improved later
  • If your significant other is applying to another program at the same school, mention this ( if you are an excellent candidate, your department may try to influence the other department so both of you are accepted)