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Jan. 28, 1997

Kaplan, Newsweek write graduate school 'how to'

By Lisa Hanna

Lariat Reporter

More knowledge and higher pay are what average college undergraduates associate with a graduate degree.

The competition for graduate school, however, has become more intense.

The process can be vague, but Kaplan Educational Centers and Newsweek magazine are publishing a 'how to' guide for nervous seniors.

How to Get into Graduate School will address issues that concern prospective graduate students.

'Students interested in applying for graduate school should be prepared to submit their GRE scores along with letters of recommendation with their application,' said Robert Levy, director of graduate programs for Kaplan Educational Centers.

'Students should also know that when looking for letters of recommendation, always make sure that you request a letter from a professor that really knows the kind of work you are capable of, not a judge or governor that may just merely know who you are,' Levy said. 'Admissions offices are not biased to the opinions of a high official unless they are sure of your potential.'

Although each graduate program has specific requirements for admission, most schools require at least two letters of recommendation. The Hankamer School of Business, however, requires three.

'Most of the students accepted into our graduate program have an average GPA of 3.23 and GMAT score of about 590,' said Wendy Blake, director of graduate admissions. 'We also accept students into our program for every semester, including summer.'

The GRE is used to grant scholarships.

'Make sure that if a student desires a scholarship for graduate school, remember to place equal importance on each section of the GRE exam, seeing as all three scores are tied into scholarships,' Levy said.

How to Get into Graduate School will be available this spring. With hopes of helping all potential graduate students, the book will focus on special break-out sections on law, business and medicine, along with arts and sciences.

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