Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Some tips ahead of the January 7 application deadline

As the January 7 deadline for applications draws near, below are some tips for putting the finishing touches on admissions dossiers for the 2014-15 academic year.

(Before the tips, don't forget to vote for your favorite photo from among those in our end-of-year galleries. We posted 10 photos last week and will publish another 10 on December 30, along with a link to the poll for voting.)

For posts on topics that are particularly popular at this time of year:
- statement of purpose
- analytical essay
letters of recommendation
Some questions we're hearing a lot these days:

Q: Can I email you my undergraduate transcript?
A: No. Transcripts should be mailed or couriered to:
SAIS Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
This holds for those applying to start in Bologna or DC. Transcripts will be uploaded into candidates' online applications once they arrive.

Each transcript should be in a sealed envelope. It is easiest for the applicant to have one's university, which is quite accustomed to these things, send the transcript directly to SAIS. Alternatively, the candidate can send the transcript to the above address, but it should be in an unopened envelope.

Q: Can I upload my transcript myself to my application?
A: No. Please follow the directions above.

Q: Should I send you all of my transcripts, including work during an exchange program and in a master's program?
A: We need transcripts for all of your university-level work; if you have not yet finished your undergraduate studies, have your most recent transcript sent to us. The Admissions Committee wants to have as clear an idea as possible of your academic background and preparation.

Q: How should my referees submit their letters of recommendation?
A: As explained in the application instructions, referees can submit their recommendations in one of two ways.
  1. By uploading their signed letter, written on official letterhead, directly to the candidate's application;
  2. By sending a signed copy directly to SAIS Admissions at the above address in Washington, DC.
Q: Can I mail you my letters of recommendation?
A: You can mail them to SAIS Admissions in Washington provided they are in sealed envelopes. Remember, letters of recommendation are confidential.

Q: Can I email you my standardized test scores?
A: You should have the scores sent directly to SAIS via the code that is in the application instructions.

Q: What if I am unable to submit all elements of my application by January 7?
A: In that case, please send an email to sais.eu.admissions@jhu.edu explaining what is missing, why and when we can expect to receive it.

Q: Will you be telling me if my application is complete?
A: We will be checking applications after January 7 to see if they are complete. If something is missing from your application, we will get in touch with you. If you have submitted an application and do not hear from us, you can assume your application is complete.

Q: When will we hear about our interview?
A: All non-U.S. applicants who apply to start in Bologna and some non-U.S. citizens who are open to starting at either campus will be interviewed by a member of the Bologna Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified in the second half of January. Please keep in mind that while Admissions Committee members do conduct fact-to-face interviews in some cities, mostly in Europe, most interviews are done over the telephone or via Skype. There is no advantage one way or the other.

Nelson Graves

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