Build an Effective Grad School Application
When it comes to applying to graduate school, your are "the product." Your application is your marketing document. Marketing yourself doesn't mean that you should lie or even embellish the facts. It simply means that you need to make a lucid and convincing presentation. Everything on your application should contribute to an overall picture of you that clearly demonstrates that you belong in the class and will make a solid contribution to the learning of your peers.
Graduate School Admission Requirements
The most common graduate admissions requirements include your undergraduate GPA (especially in your major), your GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. However, expectations and admission requirements vary from program to program. For example, if you are applying to a counseling psychology program, the admissions office will most likely be looking for experience in a "people-helping" profession. On the other hand, if you are pursuing an academic career via graduate school, the admissions committee will be more interested in your publications.