The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Apply to Graduate School

Many Reed graduates go on to earn an advanced degree. The Center for Life Beyond Reed is here to help with every step of the process—from exploring options to submitting applications.

Graduate School Information by Discipline

General Resources

Personal Statements

Personal statements—also called "application essays" or "statements of purpose"—are essays that explain why you are seeking to attend graduate school. There is no formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused. The following sites can help guide you:

Letters of Recommendation

Our Reference Protocol (PDF) outlines all of the etiquette around letters of recommendation.  Remember: give your references 4–5 weeks' notice when requesting a letter!

Test Prep Services

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisors

Mondays, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Tuesdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Prexy
Thursdays, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fridays, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Sundays, 6pm-8pm, GCC-A

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff
Tuesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, Commons (Fellowships Q&A)
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, MRC
Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons
Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Commons

Note: Please check the announcements on your homepage in Griffin Door for any possible updates or cancellations.


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