Applying to graduate school can seem like a long and overwhelming process. That is because it is. There are some general do's and dont's related to applying to graduate school that are well known by the folks who are reviewing applications, but this information trickles down to very few applicants. When I was applying to grad school, I often wished that that information was more widely available, and so I decided to create a section on my website that aggregates all the links and resources that helped me through the process.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you have more questions after going through these links, or would like to chat about the application process and my experience through it, please feel free to email me at suneja at cs.washington.edu.
Last updated: July 2021
Here are some documents that do a wonderful job of answering questions such as What is Grad School? Should I apply for a masters or a PhD? What does a PhD application need? and so on.
Your SOP is probably the part of your application that you will spend the most time on. Linked below are some resources I think are worth checking out when it comes to writing a statement.
This is a question that I've been asked a lot, and the answer to this can often be university specific. My answer depends heavily on my experiences at UCSD, but I will try my best to generalize it.
First, I'd like to reiterate the fact that applying to
graduate school is not an easy process. It will be challenging and
tiring. You will have a lot of questions as you go through the process, so
reach out to people who can help you - your advisor, grad students you know,
your peers who are also applying to graduate school, etc. You are not alone
Applying to grad school will also be fun and exciting. You will get to talk to folks who are working on really cool stuff, so remember to enjoy the conversations you have and learn as much as you can from them. This is one of the few times in your life when people will schedule time to just talk to you about their work, so take advantage of this opportunity.
Lastly, remember to keep track of all the resources and advice that helped you out so you can pass it along to the next batch of students. And when you have similar sections up on your websites, email me so I can add links to them on this page :)