Preparing for Graduate School

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Useful University of Minnesota Resources

Your College’s Career Services Office

A career counselor can help you think through which graduate programs meet your interests and may have information on where previous students have successfully applied.  They can also act as one good reader of your graduate school  personal statement and provide useful feedback on whether you are telling your story well and helping yourself stand out.

Student English Language Support

SELS is a free, English language support service for undergraduate international students. They work with students one-on-one to help with any kind of English-language problem, both academic and non-academic, including preparing presentations, managing class readings, writing papers, understanding American culture, conversation skills, pronunciation, preparing for job interviews, and making friends on campus.  They can also serve as another reader for your graduate school personal statement. 

You can make an appointment for an ESL consultation through the website: You will need to log into your UMN Gmail account. Follow the instructions on the SELS homepage to tell us about your visit and to schedule your appointment. If you have any questions, please email them at

Center for Writing

The Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support program provides free writing instruction for all University of Minnesota students—graduate and undergraduate—at all stages of the writing process and on all types of writing projects, including personal statements, resumes, and cover letters. Please visit for information about hours, locations, and how to schedule appointments or access walk-in consultations. See also the Center’s online quick help resources especially for multilingual students and for common writing projects.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

For many graduate programs, a strong undergraduate experience with independent research will make you a more competitive candidate.  The University supports undergraduate student research in all fields through UROP by providing scholarships of up to $1500 for approximately 120 hours of research and expense

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