Admission Requirements

Typical Admission Requirements

1. A non-refundable application fee

2. Minimum grade point average

3. Official college transcripts

4. A particular undergraduate major

5. Letters of recommendation: Faculty you ask for a recommendation should be informed of your plans for graduate study. They will then tailor an appropriate letter. Be sure to inform them of any deadline dates. Most graduate schools have their own forms and faculty upload finalized letters of recommendation directly into your application via a personalized email link. 

6. Entrance examinations: Deadlines for test registration are well in advance of actual test dates. The most common tests are: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT)

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7. Samples of previous work

8. A personal statement of goals or purposes: Don't take this lightly! It is used to examine your writing ability and as an indication of your desire to become a professional in the field.

9. An interview with an Admissions Counselor or the chairperson of the graduate program in which you are interested.

The best candidate for admission will be the person who can show general strength in a combination of test results, transcripts, recommendations, and personal statement. Many times a call or letter can determine the value placed on various admissions requirements. Be aware that the specific department you are applying to has the most significant voice in determining the outcome of your application for admission.


Funding For Graduate Or Professional School


Fellowships - The equivalent of a scholarship, it is usually a monetary award given on the basis of the scholastic record. Fellowships are derived from the institution's own monies or it may be sponsored by private foundations, industry, or government agencies. For more information, contact the institution of your choice.

Assistantships - Awarded by individual departments, assistantships usually require working 10-20 hours per week and involve grading, part-time teaching, research or departmental jobs. Applications are provided by the individual department or program.

Resident Assistantships - Some schools have programs whereby graduate students work as assistants in residence halls. You might contact the school's Director of Residence Life about such possibilities.

Long-term Educational Loans - Most institutions have loan programs for which graduate students may be eligible. Such programs include the National Direct Student Loan Program, the Federally Insured Loan Program, and private/state sponsored Guaranteed Student Loan Programs.

Federal Work-Study Program - Eligible students are provided part-time employment during the academic year and full/part-time employment during the summer.

Other Employment - Some schools have arrangements with neighboring industries whereby a student might be utilized for research or consultation. Obtain information from the institution that you attend.

Don't limit your thinking to any one type of financial assistance. Look at a combination of them when working out your financial program. Always talk to the Financial Aid department at the school to find about their specific programs and how to apply.

Letters Of Recommendation

The CDC encourages students who need letters of recommendation to use the dossier service available through lnterfolio is the premier on-line dossier management service and can store any materials you may need for your applications, including confidential letters of recommendation.

Creating an Interfolio account will allow you to receive the many benefits of their services such as:

  • Storing an unlimited amount of materials. As an Interfolio user, you can manage and store unlimited amounts of both confidential and non-confidential material including transcripts, letters of recommendation, writing samples and test scores. If some of these materials are stored on SUNY Oneonta Career Development Center’s Dragon Link system, they can be uploaded into your account.
  • Managing confidential letters of recommendation. You can request confidential letters through your Interfolio account. This gives your writers the ability to electronically upload or mail their letters directly to Interfolio. Writers only have to upload one letter that can be sent to multiple destinations. Although you will not have direct access to the letters, you have complete control over when and where they are sent.
  • Using easy application processes. As an Interfolio user, you have complete control over your applications! Once a file is in your account, you can send it electronically or via hard copy.
  • Have a service that is safe, secure and reliable. The privacy and security of your information is Interfolio’s highest priority. Robust technological safeguards, including multiple levels of encryption, keep your stored documents protected, secure, and private. A rigorous quality control process ensures the accuracy of all documents, and mailings, and digital backups are stored at a secure, off-site location to further protect your important documents.

To create your Interfolio Account, please visit or call their help desk at (877) 997-8807 with any questions.

Helpful Graduate School Links

Research Your List of Graduate & Professional Schools

Peterson's Guide

US News & World Reports America's Best Graduate Schools

Graduate-Schools-USA Resource to Graduate Studies & Professional Degrees


Graduate Record Exam

GRE Homepage

GRE Test Dates

GRE Test Prep Materials

The SUNY Oneonta Continuing Education Office in partnership with Cambridge Educational Services offers SUNY Oneonta students and alumni an online GRE prep course at a reduced cost! 

Graduate Management Admission Test

GMAT Homepage

The GMAT Guide

Law School Admission Test

Register and test prep for LSAT

Medical College Admission Test

MCAT Registration

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

Register for LAST, ATS-W, CSTs, CQST, BEAs, & ATS-P

Pharmacy College Admission Test

Register for PCAT


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