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
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:
- Writing Personal Statements Online (Penn State)
- Writing the Personal Statement (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
- Personal Statement, Grant, Fellowship, and Letter of Recommendation Resources
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!