Applying to Lauder? Consider these tips.

Do your research – beyond visiting program websites, find out as much as you can about the programs you’re interested in.  If you can, try to attend an information session online to learn more about the program and hear from admissions staff and students.

  • To help with your research on Lauder, register for an upcoming webinar.
  • Questions about the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) that is required at Lauder? Take a look at our tips on how to approach the test.

Talk with students and alumni – reach out to your network to connect with those who have attended the programs that intrigue you. Each year, applicants to Lauder tell us that their best source of information, guidance, and advice came from a current student or alumnus. To connect with someone in your region or in the Program of Concentration you’re interested in, contact the Lauder office directly.

Connect with programs on social media and online – most programs push out a ton of helpful information online. You can easily follow various social media channels to get the latest on what’s going on with the programs on campus, and with alumni and faculty. You can connect with Lauder on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. Follow us today!

Start thinking about your application – every graduate program has their own unique application process, requirements and essay questions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about what you’d like to say and how sooner rather than later. Generally speaking, admissions staff want to hear about your personal and professional experiences, accomplishments, goals and why that program is the right one for you. We definitely want to know “Why Lauder?” in our application. Think about how you can contribute to the program and where you can add value, along with what the program can do for you in terms of your education and career objectives. There truly is no wrong answer when explaining your background and interest in the program.

Think about funding – one of the biggest hurdles for any applicant is the increasing cost of tuition and fees for education. Do some investigative research on sources of financial aid that might not be obvious. At Wharton, all applicants are automatically considered for fellowships when submitting their applications. For Lauder, we have a merit and need-based award process, but all Lauder students receive a fellowship from the Institute. However, very few students can count on any institution to provide full funding. Student loans are always an option, but there are a lot of outside scholarships available to students from certain backgrounds, industries, or nationalities. Do a basic internet search to see if there are some fellowships out there that you might qualify for. Lastly, talk to your employer about full or partial funding. It may mean that you have to return to your employer for a time after graduation, but the financial payoff could be worth it.

Relax! We know how stressful in can be to put together an application. Between GMAT and GRE preparation, writing essays, requests to recommenders, and getting everything in by the deadline, it can be easy to let nerves get the best of you. Feel confident in what you have to bring to the table. Each applicant has their strengths and weaknesses, and recognizing those weaknesses and highlighting how graduate school can help you improve and grow is key. As admissions staff, we love hearing about what makes you, you – and as long as you have done your research, taken your time, and put the energy and effort into building a strong application overall (that includes what you like to do for fun!) you’ll be a compelling applicant for any program. Good luck!

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