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Grad School Resources: Application Materials

Thinking about applying to a graduate program? Learn more about selecting a program, testing, applications, and more.

Application Resources

Application Materials

In addition to an application and undergraduate transcripts, most graduate programs require applicants to submit a written statement and obtain some letters of reference from mentors or teachers.

Letters of Recommendation tips:

  • Don't wait until the last minute to ask!
  • Be sure to supply relevant program information and deadlines and instructions for recommenders
  • Chose recommenders who can speak to different strengths 

Personal Statement Resources

Guide from Purdue University on Writing the Personal Statement or a Statement of Purpose

Guide from John Hopkins University on Writing Personal Statements 

Want help with your essay in person? Make an appointment at the City Tech Atrium Learning Center

Depending on the kind of program you're applying to, you might have to create a portfolio or provide samples of your work. The best way to do this is to develop a portfolio online. 

You can build a portfolio using the City Tech OpenLab but first you'll need to be selective about the work samples you choose to showcase.

There are some general dos and don'ts to consider but a lot of what you decide to include will depend on the kind of program you're applying to and the specific application requirements for that school. 

Guide to Student Portfolios from Bowling Green State University.

Some graduate schools will require that you submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with your application materials. What you include will depend on your disciplinary field and the focus of the program you're applying to. Below are some resources for resume writing that may help with the process. 

The City Tech Library typically runs Resume Writing Workshops several times a semester so check our website for announcements about upcoming workshops!


Academic Works for Students



Honors and Emerging Scholars students: Have a poster or conference presentation? Add it to Academic Works and then link to it on your grad school application or resume. Our guide to Academic Works explains how