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Statement Of Purpose: Craft a compelling SOP

Craft A Compelling Statement Of Purpose

You spend the greater part of your childhood swimming in a metaphorical river, constrained by the rules set in place by the government, society, and your parents. You get some breathing room to dabble in your interests when you enter college. Now, as you’re hoping to enter graduate school, you will have even more space to craft the path of your career and contribute to the broader community.

With more space, comes more uncertainties.

The committee needs to know that you have a focused purpose that will shield you through all the uncertainties. The statement of purpose is your chance to convey that purpose. It is a statement of your purpose.

This is what Ross Gortner, Associate Director of Engineering Management at Dartmouth College, shares about what he’s looking for in an SOP:

“In the statement of purpose, I’m looking for the answers to two basic questions: who is this person and what is their story. The essay should talk about where you want to go from where you are presently and how this particular program will act as a bridge for you.

Another important factor that I look at is whether you talk specifically about the university’s capabilities and whether you have done your research to understand why you are applying to this program. I expect an applicant to provide a customized essay over a generalized one for the universities they apply to.

I first scan through the SOPs and check if most of the aspects are covered, and then spend more time on the selected ones. I read through all of them but would give more importance to the ones that are concisely written after distilling one’s thoughts. Overall, I want to perceive how interested the student is in this program.” 

In general, there is a lot of content on the web around this topic. Some ask you to include interesting anecdotes while others suggest using this space to offer explanations on another part of your application (such as a low CGPA). We distilled all the information out there to present the five questions we feel you definitely need to answer in this essay. To make it more actionable, we have given examples from well-written essays at the end of each question. 


Let’s begin!

Why this major and university?

Answering this question takes a non-trivial amount of effort. 

Here are two things to avoid while answering this question: First, don’t assume it is obvious to the admissions committee that you are pursuing a graduate degree in computer science because your undergraduate degree was in computer science. Second, don’t search for the most recently published paper on the department’s website and include that as the reason you wish to pick the university.

Making the above errors indicate that you are lethargic and put little thought into this. 

“You should not try to answer this question alone. You should start off by collecting research guides (or brochures or summaries) from the different departments where you will apply. You’ll look through these things and you’ll find summaries of ongoing research in the different areas that [that school] offers. You’ll find a few projects (and possible faculty advisors) that interest you, and you will ask yourself this question: “If I worked in this [area], and if I worked on chunks of these projects, what would I try to do on my own?”   The answer to this question should form about a third of your Personal Statement.” 

– Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology[14]

The admissions committee generally uses the statement of purpose for a few reasons:

  • To weed out anomalies, such as students who claim they’re pursuing graduate studies because their parents asked them to or students who have extremely poor writing skills (which we’ll talk about soon)
  • To gauge the interest of the applicant and
  • To potentially match the student with a faculty from the department. 

While it’s understandable if you don’t end up pursuing exactly what you stated in your essay, there needs to be a strong correlation or reason for you to have digressed. For those reasons, it is highly recommended that you do your due diligence in understanding the boundaries of what research is possible, what interests you, and what you have experience with from your undergraduate degree before answering this question (or choosing the major and university). 

“[paraphrased] Throughout my undergraduate studies, I’ve been fascinated by solving problems that are an amalgamation of business and engineering principles. I’ve focused my coursework on two key pillars of the program – operations research and information systems. Within operations research, I have a strong foundation in probability and statistics, optimization and stochastic modelling. I’ve not only performed well in all classes, but also applied the concepts learned in real world situations. For example, I led a small team of two students to determine the outcomes of possible breast cancer screening policies (e.g. annual, biannual, every three-year mammography). We built a decision tree (with 3 health states and 3 different screening policies over a 10-year period). Based on analysis of the tree, the optimal screening policy was determined. […] My undergraduate education and abundant internship experiences have shown me I have the strong quantitative and qualitative skills necessary to thrive in all the core courses and electives in the IEOR department and the business school at Columbia. I believe these factors would enable me to excel in Columbia’s Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) program.”

– Graduate Student at Columbia University

What do you want to spend the two (or five) years on?

Graduate school is not easy, to put it mildly. You are putting yourself through financial debt, cultural transformation, gruelling hours of schoolwork, and possibly developing an imposter syndrome[15]. All in the hopes of getting a job that will pay off for all your hard work. 

Note that this question is extremely important if you’re applying for a doctorate degree, which stretches on for five years or more. Nevertheless, even for a master’s degree, you need to have an idea of the research that you want to pursue.

“It is best for both the department and the student if there is some match between the student’s interests and the department’s research projects. It is a good idea to do some research on each graduate school’s research projects and tailor your personal statement accordingly. Statements that praise our department on its excellence in a topic where no current research is going on raise a red flag to the committee and these applicants are generally rejected.” 

– Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology[14]

This ties into what we mentioned for the previous question. Unless they see a fit between your interests and what they can offer, they would not be motivated to pick you. This question is also a place for you to go back and write down all the questions that have grabbed your attention while you were running a model simulation during your internships or sitting through a powerful presentation at a conference. 

Elucidate how you plan on getting these questions answered during your graduate school either by working under a professor’s wing or by leveraging the industry partnership program at the university (or both). 

“One of these days, while I was trying to implement a self organizing map, I wondered if a hardware implementation of the neuron exists. Isn’t the massively parallel architecture of the brain the reason behind its ability to process petabytes of data daily and swiftly? Google eventually gave me something: a silicon brain project, a chip that mimics the neuron; but I didn’t get as many search hits as I would’ve really liked. […] The brain’s processing needs to be simulated using a new architecture that is vastly parallel like the neural mesh of the brain itself. Has it already been simulated like this? I need more knowledge on the subject to answer such questions. This thought is only related to a subset of the vast subject that is Artificial Intelligence. There is so much still to do in Artificial Intelligence that Russell and Norvig in their book “Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach” state that “several full-time Einsteins” can work on it! I want to be part of the academic community diving into Artificial Intelligence.” 

– Doctorate Student in Computational Neuroscience

Do you have the required experience?

The nail in the coffin for the two questions above is your response to this one. Expressing your interest in a topic that is being worked on by the university would bear no fruit if you don’t have some relevant experience already in the said topic. A best-selling author does not start out asking publishing houses to look at her manuscript without spending years conducting painful research and writing relentlessly. 

You need to show tangible work you did, along with the results.  

“We have admitted some students because of projects they talk about in the SOP, but we want to see results (publications, etc.) and what the faculty letter-writers have to say about it. The SOP itself is not driving this evaluation but may help to put what you have done into context for us. The SOP is your chance to tell us what you want to do (at this point) and why, and to put all the other information in the application into some sort of contextual or narrative framework that helps us make sense of what you have been doing.” 

– Professor Emeritus, CMU[13]

We understand that not everything you have worked on in the past might be relevant to your future; at least not directly. That’s completely fine, as you can see from my own story. The admissions committee understands that students like to explore their interests and dabble during their undergraduate degree to find their passion(s), so to speak. While they’re okay with a student not having multiple relevant experiences, they do want to see someone who has taken things to the finish line before. 

Have you published a paper? 

Did your team get to the final stage of a hackathon, maybe even win it? 

Were you the founder of an organization or community that created an impact? 

All of these carry enormous weight because it shows them that you have what it takes to finish what you start.

“The Discrete Mathematics course during my sophomore year introduced me to predicate Calculus and prepared me for a research internship in Logic at the [university] under [professor]. Under his tutelage, I developed an automated problem solver for the famous Einstein puzzle, which involved translating user input to meaningful predicates and extensively used resolution principles to arrive at the solution for the puzzle. Drawing inspiration from my experience at [university], I took to developing an automated Boggle solver back at college. I drew on the ideas I picked up in my algorithm course to use a greedy approach involving recursion and backtracking to find words in sequences of adjacent letters in a grid. […] During my final year, the elective course on Data Mining drew me to explore Recommender Systems. In my final year thesis, my work involved enhancing the traditional memory-based filtering technique by effectively using singular ratings to improve the accuracy of existing recommender systems. The proposal was prototyped using Python and received an award of S grade, the highest one allotted.”

– Graduate Student at Stanford University

Why did you do the things you did?

This is a crucial question to answer, because this is not answered anywhere else in your application. While your grades and scores talk solely about outcomes, this question gives you an opportunity to justify them. This question can be used to explain anomalies in your application (such as a very low CGPA or test score) and/or walk them through your thought process during the moments you took an important decision in your career, such as choosing to work on a niche topic under a professor.

“Understanding the reasons that led to something, accepting it gracefully and striving hard to get better, are all the signs of maturity, and top programs hunt for mature people. For something as basic as failing an exam, a mature person will always realize where (s)he is at fault. More than the ‘situation’ itself, the admissions committee is interested in the experience of it, how you overcame it and what you learnt from the entire experience.” 

– Overseas Education Specialist at MINDLER[16]

If something changed the course of your career path or you faced a hardship that influenced your future goals, this is the place to address that. Sai and I changed our course of careers after undergraduation. We studied core engineering (mechanical and chemical respectively) but then switched to a degree in engineering management which led to a career in product management. We understand the difficulty in writing a cogent essay, hoping the admissions committee will see where you’re coming from without having met you. 

The best way to do that is to be honest in addressing your transformation.

“Growing up, I was very close to my grandfather. When I was about 12 years old, he suffered a brain hemorrhage resulting in retrograde amnesia. He couldn’t remember his family members or his own name, but could perfectly identify mistakes in Ragas when my mother sang, as he had been an Indian classical musician for many years. I wanted to find out how this was possible. This was the first time I started reading about the human brain. And, from this stemmed my passion for neurobiology. […] After graduating as valedictorian in both my high school and pre-university, I wanted to study life sciences. Being in India, where there is little interplay between life science and technology in undergraduate science courses, I felt that the best way to experience the synergy would be to study Biotechnology Engineering. I enrolled at the Department of Biotechnology at [university], which is one of the leading Biotechnology departments in India.”

– Doctorate Student in Biochemistry

What will your future contribution to society be?

We know you have grand dreams you wish to realize one day. Show the committee that studying at their institution is the right means to achieve them. This goes back to the point of having questions that you want answered through your graduate school experience. If you’re hoping to become a biomedical engineer who wants to help paraplegics walk again, you need to find out the questions that your graduate school experience can answer for you: can we use technique A to improve somatosensory reflexes by x%? What are the main causes of symptom B? What research has been conducted thus far at the university on topic C? Once you lay out your thoughts on the topic, don’t be shy in speaking in detail about your goals. 

Each of us wants to leave this world better than we entered it. Why am I writing this book? 

To bridge the gap between those who seek out quality education and those who can offer it. 

To democratize valuable information so everyone who needs it has access to it. 

To level the playing field irrespective of someone’s economic background. 

So, as you describe your future goal(s), go into specifics on why and how you wish to achieve them. 

“[paraphrased] In five years, I will launch India’s first virtual reality restaurant. In a food obsessed country like India, this unique eatery, via an application, will bring the menu alive by projecting a virtual 3-D representation of food choices and present customers with the look and texture of the food item before they place the order. There would also be a projection of a mini chef who prepares the dish on the table in front of clients, waiting to be served. My vision is to channelize the profits from my restaurant into finding an effective solution to India’s food wastage problem. […] India wastes 40% of the food it produces and yet, 135 million people go hungry every day. I encountered this disturbing statistic when I volunteered as a Community Representative for The Roti Bank Foundation of India, a non-profit that collects perfectly edible surplus food from houses and distributes it to the needy. By designing the distribution process around a temperature controlled casserole which gave community residents the flexibility to drop off their rotis on the way to school/work, I collect and supply 240 rotis and feed 150 people every day.”  

Aniruddh Menon, Graduate Student at Dartmouth College

Aniruddh was meticulous in adding a footer in his essay explaining what a roti meant. If you plan on including terms that are colloquial or regional which an international audience might be unfamiliar with, please add a footer or provide some context inline. 

Finally, be yourself

This is a lot harder to explain than any of the previous questions. 

Identifying a disingenuous essay is like seeing through clear water. 

Don’t forget that those who read your essay have years of experience reading thousands of such documents. They know when they’re listening to a student talk about a topic they have little knowledge on. They know if you’re faking an illness to justify a bad outcome. We cannot stress the importance of sincerity while writing this essay. 

Graduate school is a dream come true for thousands of students every year; but truly reaping the reward from the experience won’t happen if you begin the journey with an inaccurate portrayal of yourself. 

This is also a chance to think about how you can channel your quirks and personality through paper. If you were to read out the essay to someone in a conversation, how would you word it? 

To finish this off and give an example, below is an example from the final passage in Ankur’s essay. 

“There is only so much one can include in a statement of purpose. I hope you will take the chance of knowing me in person by accepting me to the institute. I want to be part of the Artificial Intelligence dream of developing intelligence as humans exhibit it. I am committed to contributing to the global committee to the best of my ability. I am working at a consulting firm at the moment. The work is good, yes, but it isn’t anywhere near challenging or thrilling as the smallest new piece of information that I come across on Artificial Intelligence. It’s only a nudge I’m looking for to get me started. Please grant it to me.”

Doctorate Student in Computational Neuroscience

Take a walk

As a final piece of advice, take a walk. 

Alone, and without your phone. 

It can be around a basketball court or in that garden next to your university’s main office. Cal Newport, an associate professor of computer science and the author of many best sellers, says in a famous talk,

“The way to find your passion is to be so good at something that the people around you can’t ignore it.” 

And the way to be so good at something is through unadulterated practice and deep work, an ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. That cannot be attained by sitting in a noisy cafeteria surrounded by people and distractions. 

So take a walk, every day if possible, for thirty minutes to an hour and observe your thoughts without judging them. You will be surprised at the kind of insights you generate about yourself and your environment. It is no surprise that the best ideas come to you when you least expect them. 

Graham Wallas, a social psychologist and co-founder of the London School of Economics, broke down the creative process into four steps in his 1926 book The Art of Thought. The four steps are: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification

Most people tend to overlook stage two in this process, where they are supposed to incubate themselves somewhere far away from a problem so they can generate novel thoughts and be more efficient while they return to solve it. Your brain likes it when you let it wander on its own after putting in cognitive effort in the preparation stage. So take a walk alone with your thoughts, and you just might figure out the opening sentence of your essay.


I performed the painful task of re-reading the different versions of my statement of purpose I had written more than five years ago. In one sense, it acted as a time-travel lens to magnify the level of specificity (or lack of thereof) I possessed when I was applying for my graduate program. My essay was all over the place. 

It began with a childhood memory of how I was inspired to pursue science. The body of it battled between an overview of my research and the organizations I managed. The ending was lackluster with a generic mention of a professor’s name and a recent paper of his from the university I was applying to. I ended up not following many of the qualities that make a great essay; many of which I’m asking you to follow now. 

If I was reading my essay right now, and had to decide to select or reject 2017-me solely based on the essay, I would probably reject me.

That is why I want you to learn from my mistakes. I want to shine a light on the many invaluable lessons that someone can learn in hindsight, and hope you imbibe some of them right now.

Life of International Students in France

Life of International Students in France

Life of International Students in France

Did you know that France is the most-visited country in the world? It is known for its culture and heritage, but the cuisine and wine cannot be ignored. The country offers one kind of experience which will alter the life of international students in France. It has a great interactive environment bringing students from all countries together. There are endless opportunities for fun, adventure, and education. If you want to learn with a diverse group of people and also have a menu full of exciting things, France is the country for you. 

The checklist of things you can do in France varies according to the college you enrol in and your place of stay. Besides various scholarships, there are various courses that are unique to those universities. There are multiple museums showing everything from history to modern and art to science that you can see. As a bonus to college students, most of them allow free entry. France has cinemas spread all around the country. Moreover, most universities in France offer students the chance to remain connected to the world with their wireless internet access provided without any additional cost

When talking about France, it is impossible to ignore the cultural and artistic influence it has on the world. Some of the great philosophers of the world made France their home. They saw something in the place that they could not find anywhere else. It also might come as a surprise to many that people like Hobbes, Rousseau, and Montesquieu chose France over any other country. Everything that we have mentioned above is only the beginning of the great things that you will find while studying in France.

  1. There is never a dull day in the lives of students in France
    Life should not be serious all of the time. As a part of the student lifestyle, universities schedule shows and have conferences, parties, and outdoor activities. The activities that are put together for fun vary for all the colleges. But you can be sure that there is someone in the administration working on filling the calendar with fun activities for all. Some of the best universities in France want their students to learn, but they also ensure that they have a great time in the process.
  2. Flexible study approach and environment

    When the time to attend classes arrives, students enjoy a broad range of timetables that are flexible to their needs. You can choose the dates and times of the course you want to attend. This approach makes things easier for those who plan to work without compromising their study and for those who want to experience a wide range of social affairs throughout the academic year. Nevertheless, take time out to study every day.

  3. Experience from the best universities in the world
    Schools across France believe in providing every student enrolled in their schools with the best education imaginable. With this, you must deliver your absolute best academically. The best way to learn and keep up with the benchmarks set out by the country is to study the material given in class. You can make learning fun in many ways, and doing this will make it feel like something that you want to do. There is a range of exams given during your study in France. They do not exist to scare or fail you; they are there to ensure that you learn from what the school teaches.
  4. France caters to the needs of every individual

    The standard of living in France is relatively high. It owes its significance to the high per-capita income of its inhabitants. But something that is certain is that it is an amazing, life-changing experience for international students. France caters to every taste – and that does not only mean cheese and wine enthusiasts. Whether you prefer a bustling metropolitan environment, peaceful mountains, or the comfy atmosphere on the Mediterranean shore, you will find a suitable destination for yourself. 

  5. Post-study work visa opportunity

    The life of International students in France changes due to the job opportunities they get. They are eligible for a post-study work visa which allows them to receive a temporary residency permit for a period of about 12 to 24 months. Although it is a nonrenewable temporary visa, it offers various opportunities to gain work experience. You can always apply for a work visa if you wish to continue to work in the country. However, it is advisable to take credible and specific information first. 

  6. An unforgettable adventure
    The changes in the Life of International Students in France will become an unforgettable experience. When in France, you will have an extraordinary opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. You will meet people who are multicultural, proud of their heritage, open-minded and are consistently looking forward to the future. You will have the chance to learn the French lifestyle and culture while living there. It is a great way to explore, and there is a lot that you can experience. However, it would be such a disgrace to depart and not have appreciated it all. While focusing on what you have come to do is necessary, this does not mean that there is no time to enjoy yourself.

More than 250,000 international students choose to study in France. It is a preferred study abroad destination. This is no wonder because France is among the world’s top study destinations. Owing to its rich cultural heritage, sightseeing, cuisine, and internationally acclaimed schools, France is considered among the best countries when it comes to sharing a new culture or lifestyle. No matter how much you hear it, it doesn’t get better than the Life of International Students in France. Nothing will beat a French university experience. You will also leave with essential knowledge of the programme backed by internationally-recognised certification. Each day will be full of something new and exciting.

If learning is something that excites you, KEDGE Business school will definitely inspire you to spend a year or few in France. It is a school of excellence that offers various outside-the-box courses that focus more on practical learning and experience. To answer your questions about France, GradRight brings to you a webinar, ‘Study in France: Say Oui to a World of Opportunities’  on 24th February 2022. The hosts of the session will be our co-founder Mr. Sasidhar Sista, M.S.Ed, University of Pennsylvania and Mr. Prayag Tripathi, South-East Asia Representative for Kedge University. It will talk about opportunities for studying in France, scholarships, post study visa information, and much more!

convince parents to study abroad

Convince Parents To Study Abroad: Here Are 7 Tips To Lay The Groundwork

How To Convince Your Parents To Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a dream for many Indian students. And every year, the number of students applying and going abroad is continuing to rise. With students finding more and better opportunities abroad, it adds for one more reason as to why studying abroad is a great option. However, this doesn’t imply it is easy to convince parents to study abroad in all cases.

Studying abroad is a costly affair and hence, affordability becomes one of the top reasons why parents think twice about this. In fact, a recent Instagram survey on our official handle revealed more than 70% of students citing financial situation as the number 1 blocker for them.

Additionally, parents are sceptical about finding the right resources that can help their child(ren) in their higher education journey. Added to that is the pandemic situation and thus, safety becomes a huge question in the minds of the parents.

But, worry not because we will help you address all these problems in this blog so you can convince your parents to study abroad.


Your parents’ decision is not in your control but can you win them over? 
Definitely possible.

Here’s how you can lay the groundwork:

1. Let Research Be Your Best Friend

  • When you introduce the idea of studying abroad, there will definitely be some questions popping up. 
  • Think beyond the normal. 
  • Make a list of all the different questions that you could think of that you think your parents would raise. And stay prepared with all the answers. 
  • You might not know answers to a few like, “How do you think we’re going to fund your education?” Instead of saying, “we’ll figure it out”, rather provide an option like, “I could take an education loan” for example or even “I will work hard for a scholarship that covers my tuition fees entirely.”
  • Show seriousness through strong research and provide all possible solutions to problems you might face.

What will this do?

  • It will show your parents you are serious about studying abroad because you have taken ownership, have gotten your research done and presented them with a well laid out plan.
  • Although it’s not a perfect one it’s much better than “I want to study abroad and I need your support.”

2. Educate Your Parents

  • To convince your parents to study abroad, you’d need to give them reasons to help and support your decision to study abroad. 
  • And for that, you’d have to show the difference in education for the same program in your home country and the place you’re wanting to go to.
  • Avoid generic cliche phrases such as, “I will get better networking opportunities and/or I will get a better job”, although they’re not wrong. 
  • Educate them (if possible, with data) about career and academic benefits through country and program comparisons.

If you’re finding difficulty getting the right pool of data together, here’s where our SelectRight platform can help you.

SelectRight can help you shortlist, select and apply to the right program and university based on your profile, and with each recommendation, you can get to see important details about the program like cost of education, return on investment, focus on learning, the overall brand outlook among other factors.

Try out our SelectRight platform right now. It’s free of cost!

3. Budget Your Plan

  • This is an extension to the first point on how you can show more seriousness. 
  • But this needs to be a separate discussion because financial pressures/affordability is the most common problem for many Indian students wanting to study abroad.
  • What you need to do is again a comparison; Calculate a budget and highlight the different layers involved ranging from tuition fees to currency conversions:
    Country – Tuition Fees – Living Expenses – Travel Costs – Application Fees – Currency Conversion – Visa Interview and so on.
  • Facts and figures, although overwhelming, display your immense interest and connects all the dots.


Seeing this, your parents might immediately turn away, but don’t push. Although they say no, they will give it a thought and you can move on to your next move.

4. Have Your Parents Talk To Relevant People


  • The best people would be your college professors with whom you share a great rapport.
  • Also, other students in your network, probably your friends or your seniors from college who are currently studying in your preferred university or country would be a great choice. 
  • Let them share their experience with your parents and share their understanding of the space, clarify doubts and even offer advice to make your process smooth and easy.


Word of mouth helps not only in marketing but even while trying to convince your parents to study abroad!

5. Assure Your Parents Of Your Safety

  • Your parents will probably be concerned about your safety.
  • Show them you’re taking their worries seriously by researching emergency numbers, insurances, etc. 
  • If possible, remind them of all the measures the school takes (for example, airport transfers or guided tours) to ensure everyone’s safety. 
  • You could even ask the students you’re going to connect with your parents to, to talk about how safe it is there for Indian students and even talk about the huge Indian community there. (Indians are everywhere)

6. Include Your Parents In The Decision-Making Process

  • Before taking a discussion, make it a point to discuss with your parents.
  • This way, parents feel they’re involved and it makes them happy too as they get to see how you are going with your application process, interviews, your preparations etc and offer timely inputs. 


However, don’t get overly dependent on your parents to make decisions because as much as you need their inputs you need to show them you can live on your own and make independent and wise decisions.

7. Stay In Touch

Assure and reassure your parents you’ll stay in touch with them! That’s the least you could do!

How Can GradRight Help?

The tagline of GradRight is

Right Education at the Right Cost.

And that’s exactly how we can help you.

  • As mentioned already, our SelectRight platform can help you shortlist, select and apply to the right program and in turn, the right university based on your preferences.
  • The platform also helps you be a part of an exclusive study abroad Discord community.
  • Additionally, SelectRight helps you get mentor assistance from students and alums of your chosen university; individuals who have already been through your journey.
  • But, that’s not all, affordability and financial pressures are some of the top reasons why students don’t end up fulfilling their dreams of studying abroad.
  • And that’s where we step in with the world’s 1st free education loan bidding platform, FundRight.
  • FundRight gives you the best and the cheapest personalized education loan offers from a variety of financial institutions (again, based on your preferences), you can compare, contrast and choose from.
  • Our dedicated financial advisory team complements the platform by providing assistance to the student (& the parents) at every step of the journey.

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University Of Calgary

University Of Calgary: A Definitive Guide For International Students

University Of Calgary: A Definitive Guide For International Students

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top-ranked research-based universities with 360 new inventions and innovations against its name since 2017.

Ranked 8th nationally by the Times Higher Education in 2020, the institution is home to over 250 programs and has a graduate employment rate of 94.1%.

The University of Calgary stands out among Canadian universities in how it actively engages students in leadership development and is recognized worldwide for its research breakthroughs in several areas, including arts, athletics, science, medicine, engineering, volunteerism and business.

University Of Calgary

Why Should You Study At The University Of Calgary?

The University of Calgary offers students who wish to study in Canada an unprecedented educational experience combining academics, research and student life.

  • It has a diverse range of academic programs and graduate options to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to pursue your career
  • The campus is home to a range of student services for you and your family, such as the First-Year Centre, Parent-Child Centre, First-Year Orientation, Sport and Recreation, Wellness, Student Activities and International Programs.
  • Its popular inter-campus programs include the Traditional Engineering Summer Session (TEES) that allows high school students to experience university life.
  • Undergraduate students and graduate students have access to over $35 million in funding and resources.

Graduate Employability At The University Of Calgary

  • UCalgary graduates have a 94.1% employment rate after graduation with over 90% finding full-time jobs and over 80% of employed grads working in fields related to the discipline.
  • In the area of advanced engineering, over 73% of graduates find employment in industry, with numerous positions available in Alberta and across the globe.
  • In the field of science, over 57% of graduates find employment in industry or continue with post-secondary education or university studies, while 38% pursue post-secondary education in the health sector or practice health care.
  • As per the most recent report, UCalgary maintains its rank at no. 7 nationally among 18 Canadian universities in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022. 
  • The institute also saw increases in four of the five indicator scores, with an impressive jump in the ‘Graduate Employment Rate’ score which increased by 43 per cent compared with the previous year results.

Faculty At The University Of Calgary

The institution is a favored destination for those who want to study in Canada. It boasts having over 30,000 students, 1,800+ academic staff and 14 faculties including the following:

Details about other faculties could be found here.

Campus Life At The University Of Calgary

  • As a public post-secondary institution, the University of Calgary is open for enrollment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
  • It features a state-of-the-art campus that is home to almost 30,000 students. 
  • This includes the MacKimmie School of Business which is ranked number one in Canada in entrepreneurship by the University of Toronto, as well as numerous state-of-the-art labs.
  • Calgary is known for its low-rise downtown area, with apartment buildings lining the downtown area and the hill communities of the university district. 
  • The town is surrounded by mountain ranges, rural areas and nature trails, and is home to the Calgary Zoo. 
  • The city is a transportation hub, being a gateway to several surrounding mountain towns and cities such as Banff, Canmore, Canmore and Lake Louise.

Application Process For International Students

Most graduate programs require a minimum of 3.0 CGPA, a minimum GRE of >309, an IELTS score of a minimum of 6.5. (and a GMAT of >600 for an MBA degree)

The application process for international students is the same as that for domestic students (mentioned below) with an additional requirement:

  • Gather the required documentation based on your program, followed by references.
  • Create an eId to begin the application.
  • Submit your application by paying $145.
  • As an international student, you will need to provide your immigration status and would need to indicate that you’re on a study permit.

For more information, you can refer here.

Required Documentation

All international students who want to fulfill their wish to study in Canada at University of Calgary need to submit the following documents as part of their application process:

  • Official Transcripts
  • CV
  • Reference letters
  • Study proposal
  • Writing sample (if applicable)
  • Standardized tests
  • Document translation (if your documents are not in English)
  • Program documents

Scholarships & Awards For International Students

International students could explore the following Awards options:

Students fully funded by a third party sponsor, including government funding, are not eligible for University of Calgary awards under the Graduate Award Regulation.

For more awards and scholarships, you can refer here.

Calgary City: Quick Highlights

  • 4th largest city in Canada 
  • 3rd most diverse city in Canada 
  • The most liveable city in North America, 5th worldwide 
  • The youngest population of major cities in Canada
  • #3 educational attainment in Canada
  • Largest urban pathway network in North America
  • Highest concentration of corporate head offices per capita in Canada
  • Home to Canada’s National Music Centre and the internationally renowned Calgary Stampede
  • Most patents per capita in Canada
  • Energy capital of Canada and global finance hub

How Can GradRight Help You Study In Canada?

With Canada reopening more airports to international flights starting today i.e. November 30th, 2021, more and more international students would opt for studying in Canada.

You might be aware of GradRight’s World’s first education loan bidding platform, FundRight, which has helped students save more than 112 crores so far by providing cost-effective education loans.

Now, we can help you tackle another important problem in the international education space; shortlisting and selecting the right university.

Shortlisting the right university for you (probably, it is The University of Calgary) involves looking beyond just rankings.

You need to look at other factors too like the location of the university, course ranking, alumni success rate, graduate employability, tuition fees, living expenses and career opportunities just to name a few. 

And the process might look daunting at first glance.
Well, who are we kidding? It indeed is a daunting task.

But every modern problem requires a modern solution and that’s exactly what GradRight has come up with; SelectRight, a data-driven matchmaking platform that enables you to select, shortlist and apply to the right universities that are best suited for your profile based on your preferences.

You are in luck because the platform (currently) helps students find the right US and Canadian Universities and best of all, it’s a free-to-use platform.

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10 college interview mistakes

10 College Interview Mistakes Students Should Be Aware Of

10 Common College Interview Mistakes

A college interview can definitely help you make a good impression and avoiding these common college interview mistakes can help you ace your interview. The college interview is a great place to put a face and personality to your application. 

An interview is beneficial to both parties involved. Students can use the interview to gather valuable information about prospective schools, ask questions and show their personalities. Universities use the interview process to find out more about a student, especially the kind of information that isn’t easily found in transcripts and applications.

With these points in mind, let’s look at the 10 common college interview mistakes to keep in mind

1. Showing up late

  • Be it any interview, showing up late is not good etiquette.
  • One, because it disrespects the interviewer because he/she is taking their time out to do this interview.
  • Second, it has a high probability of affecting your chances because showing up late creates a bad first impression.
  • Instead, plan your time out, arrive a good 20 minutes earlier, settle down, get adjusted to the conditions, and take the interview with a calm and relaxed mindset. 
  • Or if it’s a virtual interview, put away your distractions, set the ambience as per your comfort and give yourself a good pep talk before the interview starts.

2. Underdressing

Underdressing for a college interview

Here’s a truth to start this point: there’s no universal/default “interview outfit”. But dressing well and appropriately can help you stay on top of these three reasons:

  • Sloppy dressers have a high chance of immediate rejection.
  • A bad visual first impression deeply influences a person’s decision-making and in the case of underdressing, things won’t be in your favour.
    Read this Forbes article to know how to dress for interview success.
  • Inappropriate dressing projects a person with low attention to detail and less self-worth. And as per this article, how we dress influences how we perform.

3. Being Rude to the Interviewer

Being rude to the interviewer

What can be considered rude behaviour in an interview? Here are a few examples:

  • Chewing gum while attending the interview
  • Bringing your mobile to the interview
  • Using swear words

Instead, treat the interviewer the way you would like to be treated; with respect, politeness and professionalism.

4. Lying Or Being Disingenuous

Lying to the interviewer

These are two important things to keep in mind:

  • Never lie
    A lie today might get you the job but it will surely come back to haunt you in the future.

  • Never be someone else
    This is a golden rule applicable to any interview. Never try being someone you are not. The interviewer can see right through it.
Instead, be truthful and be authentic.

5. Not researching the college

  • Here’s a popular college interview question: “Why do you want to attend this college/school?”
  • If you have done your research right, you would be able to talk about the school and answer this question quite easily. The problem arises when you haven’t put in the time to research the school.
  • Research the school not just from its website but also from its social media platforms to get an even better understanding of what’s happening within the system. This definitely gives you a certain edge over other applicants.

6. Not researching the Interviewer

Not just the school but researching the interviewer too is essential. It’s one way to really make an impact during your interview.

What to keep in mind while researching your interviewer?

  • Their interview style
    You can get this information if they or someone else has written about the same on the internet.
  • LinkedIn
    LinkedIn would be a good place to start your research. Look at their academic background as well as their experience so far. This can help you come up with potential questions to ask.
  • Mutual connections/friends
    Friends in common can be a good way to start the conversation and potentially make the interviewer remember you better.

7. Preparing a Canned Speech

  • Do not memorize a speech before coming to the interview.
  • Prepare a pitch that defines who you are and what you want to do, understand the flow and weave a story out of it. This way, you wouldn’t have to memorize in the first place, because when asked about it, you can think of the story, the elements, the flow and be your genuine self.

8. Not Practicing enough

  • You should never overlook practice, regardless of how confident you are in your abilities.
  • Great thought leaders, speakers are who they are today because of the amount of hard work they put in behind the scenes (and experience plays a part too).
  • Make sure you practice with someone and in front of a mirror to nail down the answers, be convincing enough in your responses.
  • Maintain a good posture with a genuine smile on your face. Body language is as important as your verbal communication.
  • This will give you confidence and make you sound more natural.

9. Too many filler words

Avoid using Filler words in a college interview
  • This could be seen as an extension of the previous point but this deserves a special mention because this is quite common among students. Filler words come naturally to many of us and a few examples could be, “like”, “basically”, “you know” etc.
  • Check out this article to reduce the usage of filler words.
  • Here’s a bonus tip:
    While practising, practice consciously. What this means is you are aware of every word you speak and every action you take. This self-awareness can help you not just in interviews but also in many other important aspects of your life.

10. Failing to send thank you

Not sending a thank you note
  • Don’t forget to send an email thanking the interviewer for their time.
  • Adding to the thank you note, you can quote something the interviewer said that was memorable and instructive which shows that you paid attention to what they were speaking.
  • An example of the same:
    “I really loved how you have emphasized the university’s top-notch facilities and it has made me want to study at the place even more. Thank you for that!”
  • All these tiny details do matter and could end up giving you that certain edge over others.

Final words about the college interview:

Prepare yourself for the frequently asked interview questions before attending the interview. Do your research well and have a clear goal in place. During the interview, take your time and find ways to relax and calm your butterflies. Keep these college interview mistakes in mind, follow these 9 tips to nail your next college interview.

How Can GradRight Help?

While getting into college isn’t easy, there are ways to make better and informed decisions especially while choosing and applying to universities that best suit your criteria.

To tackle this problem, GradRight is has launched another platform called SelectRight, an AI-based data-driven platform that enables you to select, shortlist and apply to the right universities that are best suited for you.

SelectRight comes with unique features and to top that, there are alumni you can connect with, mentors and experts to guide you with your college admissions including your college interviews!

Click on SelectRight below to get started!

How To Shortlist Universities For Masters Abroad!

How To Shortlist Universities For Masters Abroad!

How To Shortlist Universities For Masters Abroad!

The decision to study abroad is a very important and defining step in your higher education journey. During this process, you might come across many admission myths, so beware! One of the most important steps is to select and shortlist universities. College applications take a lot of time and that’s why it is very important for students to carefully plan and choose the right university(s), course and even the country. The most common way of shortlisting universities is to look at rankings.

But it’s important to look beyond rankings. That’s why, in this blog, we tell you how to do exactly that so you make the right decision while you shortlist universities.

1. Location Of The University

  • The country you choose to study in is an important factor to consider and to be researched on thoroughly. Consider factors like safety, GDP growth, the overall environment of the country, etc.
  • Keep this in mind and take a serious note before selecting the location.

2. Course Of Your Choice & Interest

  • One of the most crucial decisions while shortlisting a university would be to select and research the course of your choice and interest. 
  • You need to consider your own interests, your previous educational background and previous performance so that you can compare the ranking of your chosen universities with your chosen stream.

3. Tuition Fees & Living Expenses

  • When you shortlist universities, you need to consider the school’s tuition fees and living expenses. 
  • Paying fees to your educational institution is the first expense you must plan ahead of time. If you plan and save for them, you’ll be able to save a lot of money. 
  • Paying extra money for tuition and accommodation costs is very expensive. But it is one of the things you need to bear in mind when shortlisting universities for your studies abroad. 
  • The tuition fees for most courses in Europe and America are affordable. This is because these places are competitive and you might have to pay extra for better amenities and facilities.

4. Return On Investment On The Course

  • Universities make money by producing graduates who can earn the highest incomes. 
  • Hence, that’s why it’s crucial to understand the return on investment for the course you are looking at, and the country you are going to study in. 
  • In our opinion, you have to pay more attention to the return on investment and not the name and reputation of the university. 
  • Before you choose the universities, do ensure that the courses will help you with the objective of your higher studies.
  • The course you choose must offer your more than what you require.

5. Alumni Success

  • A big indicator of whether or not you should apply to a university is what their alumni have gone on to achieve. 
  • A few good indicators to look out for:
    High employment rate.
    If the alumni have gone on to working for or starting a Fortune 500.
    The alumni were accepted for graduate or doctoral study at a truly prestigious college or university.
    They went on to do great work in their community or region 
  • All these are great indicators that that college can help you achieve success well after your classroom days are over.

6. On-Campus Placements & Career Opportunities

  • The career opportunities in the universities chosen are also important to consider. If a student chooses the right course of study, a career is almost guaranteed. 
  • Moreover, a student must not only pick the university where the relevant courses of study are offered, but also must look at the respective careers offered in that particular university.

7. Financial Aid & Scholarships For International Students

  • Several studies have shown that a student’s decision to study abroad is influenced greatly by financial aid and scholarships for students. 
  • Students often have to think of financial aid while choosing a Masters degree outside the country. Your potential university might offer financial assistance to your tuition fees but most importantly, the amount is important. 
  • A good research method will be to simply visit the university’s website and do your own research.

8. Weather Conditions & Campus Environment

  • One of the biggest misconceptions that people have when it comes to shortlisting the right university is that it has to be in a certain geographical region or it has to be near home. This is one of the reasons why students end up choosing the wrong universities.
  • A campus tour can be a game-changer The campus tour should not be taken lightly. It’s the only way to get a realistic idea of how it feels to be in that environment.

Shortlisting the right university(s), keeping all these factors in mind, might seem a bit daunting but it’s also the important step that has the potential to determine your future life. Thankfully, there are ways to make better and informed decisions especially while choosing and applying to universities that best suit your criteria.

To tackle this problem, GradRight has launched another platform called SelectRight, an AI-based data-driven platform that enables you to select, shortlist and apply to the right universities that are best suited for you.

Click on SelectRight below to get started!

Fall 2022 Admissions Timeline for International Students

Fall 22 Timeline For International Students

Fall 22 Timeline For International Students

The Fall intake, also known as the September intake, is the primary intake in most of the countries around the world including the US. The intake usually lasts from September till December. It is the most preferred intake among Indian students, followed by Spring and Summer intakes. Fall and Spring timelines have many similarities but the time at which each action is performed would vary. If you are planning for admission for the upcoming Fall season, your Fall 2022 Admissions Timeline for International Students would involve different action items ranging from research to finances and the entire process would take around 12-14 months. 

How Should The Fall 2022 Admissions Timeline for International Students Look Like?

Fall 22 Timeline For International Students​

July - September 2021: Research

The first step to your Fall 2022 admissions timeline should begin at least 12-14 months prior. Start by shortlisting universities that fit your criteria. Make note of these universities’ tuition fees, curriculum, location, availability of scholarships and most importantly, their application deadlines.

Research should not just be limited to just universities but also accommodations and the available education loan options to fund your higher education.

September - November 2021: Tests

Once you’ve got a basic understanding of the admission process, prepare for the required admission tests like GRE/GMAT and language tests like IELTS and TOEFL. Ensure your write these tests in time for the Fall 2022 intake. 

November 2021 - April 2022: Apply

Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and highlight your strengths. Apply to your shortlisted universities and have all the necessary items and documents while applying like your resume, test scores, Statement Of Purpose (SOP), Letter(s) Of Recommendation (LOR), application fees etc.

Have 2-3 LORs at least a month before your application due date.

Give a month’s time to structure your SOPs and essays.

January - June 2022: Admission Decision

Once you get a reply from the college or university you have applied to, revert them as soon as you can.

And inform your college about your decision if you get an acceptance letter.

Keep track of deadlines for the same.

Also, do keep in mind you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm the admission.

April - July 2022: Finances & Visa

Look for US Scholarships for international students and also apply for education loans (if needed).

Apply for the student VISA and make sure you fulfil all the requirements of a US Study VISA.

July - Aug 2022: Book your tickets

While booking your flight, look for student discounts and connect with other international or Indian students travelling to the US.

Organize an International Debit/Credit card.

Gather all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.

How Can We Help Streamline The Fall 2022 Admissions Timeline for International Students?

While we were all about loans, we are expanding into universities too; shortlisting & admissions!

You might be at any stage; giving our exams, shortlisting your universities, exploring loan options, applying actively or even lost in the shuffle. And that’s OKAY!

We want to help you at every stage of your journey so you choose right and select right!

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7 Steps To Complete After Receiving Your College Offer Letter

7 Steps To Complete After Receiving Your College Offer Letter

Congratulations! Your hard work is finally paying off. The college offer letter is in your hands now. But, that’s just half of the job done. However, the good news is that you’ve cleared the difficult half and you are now in a strong position to finally study in the college of your dreams.

This will happen, provided you know what to do next. Oh! Yes. That’s what you are here for. And that’s what we’ll take you through.

Here are 7 steps you need to do next after receiving your college offer letter to ensure a streamlined, structured and organized second half.

1. Read the college offer letter and attached materials thoroughly

This is the first and one of the most important steps you would be doing once you get your offer letter. Go through the letter as it may contain valuable and vital information like financial aids (if any), steps regarding registration and any other important next steps. 

Make sure you don’t skim through the pages and read them with proper attention.

2. Wait for more college offer letters

If you have applied to multiple colleges/universities and you are waiting for their responses, it’s recommended you wait a bit longer before submitting the acceptance letter of the first college you have been presented an opportunity in. Compare and weigh the pros and cons of different colleges before proceeding to the next step.

However, if you have applied to only one college, then you can skip this step.

3. Level up your research

Get more information about the college, its culture, graduation rates per year, location and placement records

Talk to student alumni, current students, follow the college on social media to stay up to date with them, take a virtual tour of the campus, understand how you would feel if you were there at that time, and if the virtual tour is not available, call them up and get your doubts clarified.

4. Talk to your family and friends

In matters like these, it’s always a good thing to take another’s opinion, especially if that other person is your family member or a close friend. Sometimes, they would be able to assess the situation and the options better and help you attain better clarity.

5. Plan your finances

As of now, you know how much it is going to cost you with regards to the tuition fees. As a next step, you’d have done some research and calculated your cost of living and checked whether your family finances, loans, scholarships and grants would cover the entire cost or not. If not, look for alternate funding options.

If you cannot self-fund yourself to study abroad, then the next option you would look for is an education loan. And that’s where we step in.

GradRight’s own proprietary platform, FundRight is your go-to tool in this case. Why? Because, FundRight, being India’s 1st Loan Bidding Platform, helps you find the best education loan based on your profile, background and other details so that you can get to save a lot of money which you probably would not if you take the traditional route.

Interested? Sign up at the end of the blog and we’ll guide you through.

6. Keep track of deadlines

While reading the admit letter and the other materials, make it a rule of thumb to note down all the important dates and deadlines.

Deadlines may include: The last date to sign up for orientation, the last date to send in the acceptance letter, or the last date to submit your financial aid documents if any and many other deadlines too.

7. Respond to colleges

While it is extremely important to respond to the college with your acceptance letter and other required documents, it is an equally important gesture to respond to the colleges you’ve declined as it opens up a place for other students.

When it comes to starting a new journey in your life, it is crucial to not take any decisions in haste without considering all the options at hand. This new educational journey starts with the college offer letter but the continuation is based on your patience, research and decision-making.

Leaving you with a very short quote that talks about how important decisions are:

“Decisions determine destiny.”

Spring Intake in USA

The US Spring Intake Timeline For International Students

The US Spring Intake Timeline

Being one among the three large admission cycles, the spring intake in USA, along with Fall intake, also sees a huge number of applications from across the world. The Spring entry programs start in January every year and hence it is also known as the January Intake.
Starting in January would mean you would be joining in the middle of an academic year, which implies graduation at a later date. However, what makes a spring intake in USA better is the smooth transition it offers due to less competition.

The timeline for the US Spring Intake would involve different action items ranging from research to finances and the entire process would take around 12-14 months, ideally.

How Should Your Timeline Look Like For The Spring Intake in USA?

Spring Intake in USA

14-12 months: Research

Your research should include finding the suitable course and the university(s) that fit your criteria, understanding their fee structure and admission requirements.

Research should not just be limited to just universities but also scholarships as well as available education loan options to fund your higher education. Also look for institutes that have a spring intake in USA in addition to a fall intake. 

12-10 months: Tests

Once you’ve got a basic understanding of the admission process, prepare for the required admission tests like GRE/GMAT and language tests like IELTS and TOEFL.

11-8 months: Apply

Apply to your shortlisted universities and have all the necessary items and documents while applying like your resume, test scores, Statement Of Purpose (SOP), Letter(s) Of Recommendation (LOR), application fees etc.

While researching, look for when the application process begins for the spring intake in USA. 

8-5 months: Acceptance letters and interviews

Once you get a reply from the college or university you have applied to, revert them as soon as you can. The spring intake in USA typically has a small class size. So timely response is crucial.

And inform your college about your decision if you get an acceptance letter.

Keep track of deadlines for the same.

Also, do keep in mind you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm the admission.

4-2 months: Finances and VISA

After you are accepted by a university, you would need to plan your finances.

Look for US Scholarships for international students and also apply for education loans (if needed).

Apply for the student VISA and make sure you fulfil all the requirements of a US Study VISA.

2-1 months: Book your tickets

While booking your flight, look for student discounts and connect with other international or Indian students travelling to the US.

How Can We Help?

While we were all about loans, we are expanding into universities too; shortlisting & admissions!

You might be at any stage; giving our exams, shortlisting your universities, exploring loan options, applying actively or even lost in the shuffle. And that’s OKAY!

We want to help you at every stage of your journey so you choose right and select right!

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top college interview tips

9 Tips to nail your College Interview

9 Tips to nail your College Interview

Many overlook the role of college interviews in the entire admission process and while some believe it to be very important, the best way for you to think about it would be to recognize it as one of the factors that is going to decide your admission into the college. With this mindset, you will ensure that you don’t take a light approach towards it. 

With that being said, let us look at a few top college interview tips you need to keep in mind to nail your next interview.

Infographic showing the different steps to nail your next college interview

Research the college

Research the college not just from their website but also from their news articles and social media accounts. Believe it, many forget this top college interview tip.

This will help you get accustomed to the workings of the college and also help you obtain important information regarding the college in terms of its placement records and its year-on-year enrollment numbers which could come in handy to build an overall perspective about the college.

Go through past college interview questions

Look online to see if anyone has posted questions from that college. You could use online Q&A forums like Quora and Reddit, and you could also leverage groups on Facebook and LinkedIn for the same. Go through these questions as many times. Such commonly asked questions can make an appearance in your interview as well.

If not, make sure you are up to date about hot topics about the college that the interviewer might ask you about. This top college interview tip is bound to give you a head start.

Connect with current students and student alumni

Connect with current and/or students to get much more insider knowledge, which you could leverage and refer during the interview. Make sure you mention the names of the students as that would add a more authentic feel to what you’re saying. This could end up being one of the most valuable top college interview tips you come across.

Here are the different platforms on which you could connect with them:

  • LinkedIn
  • Email
  • Social Media

Review your college application materials

Make sure you read all your application materials in case the interviewer asks you a question about them. This, in turn, helps you remember your flow, narrative and your pitch as to why you’re the best fit.

Have some questions for the interviewer

The interviewer is not just there to ask questions about the college. So make use of the opportunity to get some insights about the college from the interviewer itself. Ofcourse, questions about the college can give you better insights about the college but to nail the interview, one of those clever things you can do is to make sure you research the interviewer himself and incorporate that information into your interview. Employing this top college interview tip shows initiative on your part.

Dress for the occasion

Interviews are a two-way street. This is something we can all agree on. But, it’s not just a two-way street in terms of how you speak and interact. The way you show up; your dressing sense is also a two-way street. And even if the interviewer is not dressed up, it is your responsibility to appear well-dressed suiting the occasion, which in this case is the interview.

Be genuine and be yourself

An interview is not just about being fluent in your communication or showing off your accolades. The most important aspect of an interview is how well you can present your true self, stick to your values and beliefs. The trick is to just be your authentic self and not try to be someone you are not just to land the interview.

Practice the interview beforehand

Make sure you practice with someone and/or in front of a mirror. These mock interviews need not only include how you put forward your answers but can also be about how you respond to certain remarks, your posture and body language. This will make you feel confident and ensure that you’re not memorising the answers but owning them.

Rest before the interview

A very undervalued and overlooked interview tip is to make sure you rest well before the interview. Do not stay up too late and most importantly, make sure you arrive before time if it’s an in-person interview or try to get in the zone if it’s an online interview. Starting an interview when you’re anxious and/or tired can drive things south very quickly. Hence, rest well so that you can give your best in a calm state of mind.

College interviews not only demonstrate your interest in a college, which can boost your acceptance odds but also, in some cases, can make up for lacklustre GPA and test scores. 
A face-to-face interview gives admissions the best insight into you as a person: why you want to attend the college, what you want to do while you’re there, and other such insightful information about you.

Be your authentic self and keep the above-mentioned top college interview tips in mind to ace your next college interview.

How Can GradRight Help?

While getting into college isn’t easy, there are ways to make better and informed decisions especially while choosing and applying to universities that best suit your criteria. You need not only top college interview tips but also expert guidance.

To tackle this problem, GradRight is has launched another platform called SelectRight, an AI-based data-driven platform that enables you to select, shortlist and apply to the right universities that are best suited for you.

SelectRight comes with unique features and to top that, there are alumni you can connect with, mentors and experts to guide you with your college admissions including your college interviews!

Click on SelectRight below to get started!