Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 Survey of Graduate School Admissions Officers

Getting into graduate school is not getting any easier – in fact for many programs, it’s only becoming more competitive.  According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of graduates school admissions officers, 30% say the admissions process for the 2012-2013 year was more competitive than for the previous cycle; 60% say the level of competition remained the same; none said it was less competitive.

Also: Over 80% of graduate school admissions officers also told us that comparing  applicants who submited scores from the new GRE to those who submit scores from the old GRE wasn’t difficult.

For more complete results in PDF format, click here.  Below are some other key findings:

Out of every 10 applicants to your program, how many on average apply while still undergraduates?

  • Less than 1 in 10: 6%
  • 1 in 10: 3%
  • 2 in 10: 9%
  • 3 in 10: 7%
  • 4 in 10: 11%
  • 5 in 10: 21%
  • 6 in 10: 7%
  • 7 in 10: 11%
  • 8 in 10: 8%
  • 9 in 10: 6%
  • Almost all: 9%

Compared to 4 years ago, has this proportion…

  • Increased significantly: 4%
  • Increased slightly: 17%
  • Stayed about the same: 55%
  • Decreased slightly: 5%
  • Decreased significantly: 0%
  • I don’t know/was not here 4 years ago: 19%

Have you ever Googled an applicant to learn more about them?

  • Yes: 16%
  • No:: 74%
  • Not sure: 11%

Have you ever visited an applicant’s social networking page like Facebook to learn more about them?

  • Yes: 15%
  • No: 75%
  • Not sure: 11%

(Asked only of those who answered “Yes” to the previous two questions) Have you ever discovered something online about an applicant that negatively impacted their application?

  • Yes: 12%
  • No: 75%
  • Not sure: 14%

 

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