Complete the Application Process
Assemble the following items and submit in ONE COMPLETE PACKET:
- Signed and dated paper application form. (Skip this step if applying online):
Please type or print legibly with a ballpoint pen. Indicate your full legal name, and any other names you’ve used. If you need to formally change your name with the College, you must fill out a Name Change form.
- Official college transcripts:
Request one set of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including transfer colleges and any school where college credit was earned during high school. If you are in the process of completing a degree, please send an official transcript that shows your current progress. You will need to submit a final official transcript once your degree has been conferred. When requesting transcripts, have them sent to your own address. If the college or university’s policy does not permit official transcripts being sent to a student address, then use the Graduate School’s mailing address. However, clearly note in your application packet which transcript is being sent directly to the Graduate School. Otherwise, your application will be coded as incomplete. INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: You may be asked to provide a translation and/or an evaluation of your transcript. We accept translations/evaluations by member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- Letters of recommendation:
Collect three letters of recommendation from former professors, employers, and/or colleagues who are in a position to comment on your potential for graduate study. Letters from former professors who taught you in an advanced course would be ideal. Using the letter of recommendation form provided in the paper application packet, fill out the top portion, and submit the form to your recommender. Ask each recommender to seal his/her letter in a self-addressed envelope that you provide, to sign it across the seal, and to return it directly to you.
- Graduate admissions essay:
Compose a graduate admissions essay that clearly addresses the following:
*What are your professional goals?
*How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?
*How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?
Your essay should be typed double-spaced and between 400-500 words. Since your essay provides us with a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary writing style, organization, and mechanics. Certain programs have specific guidelines for the admission essay; therefore, refer to your intended program of study’s description in the graduate catalog or the departmental website.
- Application fee:
Include the $50 application fee. Online applications require payment of the application fee by MasterCard or VISA. If you prefer to pay via check or money order, you must apply using our paper application. If you apply to two programs, you will be charged twice. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.
- Additional admissions criteria:
Some programs require satisfactory scores on standardized tests, verification of a teaching certificate, or a portfolio or audition as part of the application process. For further information, see admission requirements.
English Language Proficiency:
Prospective international students for whom English is not the native language, and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction, are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Review this chart for methods of demonstrating language proficiency. NOTE: Individual departments may require a score higher than the minimum acceptable score, so students should consult their departments.
To check the status of an application:
After an application has been processed, an email with login information will be sent to the email address you listed on your application. Once you have your user ID and PIN, you may check the status of your application online by visiting applicants.newpaltz.edu/grad