Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Graduate School Admissions Officers

KeepCalmGraduateSchoolTo ensure that students receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the graduate school admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from the top graduate schools in education, engineering, psychology and public administration/policy in the U.S. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the tens of thousands of  aspiring graduate school students we work with each year.  Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Graduate School Admissions Officers for the results. Here are some highlights: 


Which would you most consider to be an application killer?

  • A low GRE score: 41%
  • A low undergraduate GPA: 27%
  • Poor letters of recommendation: 18%
  • Poorly written essays:  8%
  • Lack of relevant work experience: 6%

When reviewing a prospective student’s application, which of the following do you review first?

  • Undergraduate transcripts: 44%
  • GRE score: 28%
  • Personal statement: 26%
  • Letters of recommendation: 1%

Do applicants to your program who are children or siblings of alumni have an admissions edge over those who aren’t?

  • No:  97%
  • Yes: 3%