Hello and welcome. On behalf of the Graduate Admissions team here at Lesley University, I want you to know we are so pleased you are considering us as an option for your graduate studies. We are here to assist you as you go through the application process, and as you determine which program is the best fit for you and your academic and professional goals. We've put together a brief PowerPoint presentation which will help you navigate the application process. Please note that the information is general, and more information can be found under the program page. So you've decided to look into graduate school, and you might be wondering what is a good next step.
I would suggest beginning at step one, which is to connect with an admissions counselor. At Lesley University, every program has an assigned counselor. Our role is to guide you as you navigate the application process, identify an appropriate program, and, as needed, connect you with other important members of our community, such as faculty, academic advisors, financial aid, and others. Step two, make sure you understand what is required for your program, and if any standardized tests or prerequisites are needed. Step three, find out the deadline for your program. And step four, when you're ready to apply, you'll go to our website under the Program page and start an application. You'll create an account and apply online.
So here are some application tips that you should be aware of. The first is apply early and allow enough time to complete your application. Submit your best work. Some of our programs require a portfolio or a writing sample. If you have any questions about this, please connect with your admissions counselor, and they can guide you through this step. Also, domestic students should consider filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Also, consider researching funding opportunities like student loans, private scholarships, graduate assistantships, or federal work study programs. If you're an international student, please be sure to connect with the Office of International Student Services for assistance. And most importantly, relax and be yourself.
Here is an application checklist I hope you will find helpful. While each program has some different requirements, there are some standard items that all programs require, which I will now discuss. The first is transcripts. You'll want to request your official undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcript. You can send them by mail to Graduate Admissions Services at 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, or by email. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The second item is references. We often get questions from applicants in regards to who is the most appropriate person to ask. We advise you consider asking a current or former supervisor, or a faculty advisor or current instructor. Please note that when you begin the application online, there will be a place for you to input the name and email address of your reference. Once you do that, they will receive an email from us asking that they complete a few questions about you as a candidate. The last item is your personal statement. If you have any questions about what we're looking for, please refer to the program page.
And lastly, as I mentioned earlier, the Office of Graduate Admissions is here to assist you as you take this next step. We understand that applying to graduate school is a big decision, and we know it can be helpful to speak to an admissions counselor. We look forward to connecting with you and helping you as you go through this process. If you have any questions about applying to any of Lesley's graduate programs, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact email@example.com with any questions. You may call us at 617-349-8300. Or, if you go to the main page, click on Admissions and Aid, and there you will be able to identify the admissions counselor that works with your program of interest. Thank you for taking the time to view this PowerPoint. And again, we look forward to connecting with you