It will take time to fill in the application form, much due to the time spent on collecting information before being able to start completing the actual form. Typically, time consuming areas of the application form involve gathering information pertaining to family members, writing the short essay, confirm academic references, and complete the English and admission entrance tests. Below are examples of information you can expect to complete on an application form:
- Basic information (Full name, Home address, Date of Birth etc.)
- College, department, and area of research
- Explain your proposed program of study
- Expected start date
- Bibliography & citations
- Do you intend to apply for fellowship and/or assistantship?
- Do you intend to live in dormitory (on campus housing)?
- Demographic questions (citizenship, birthplace, first language etc.)
- Family information (mother, father, siblings, legal guardian details)
- Your education history (academic history)
- Credentials (scholarships, fellowships etc. you have been awarded)
- Academics (class rank, TOEFL, current classes)
- Standardized Test (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT)
- Personal Statement/Essay (2-5 pages)
- Extracurricular activities and work experience
Today most applications are submitted online via the university’s/college’s website. Generally a prospective student creates a user account and completes the application, submit supportive documents, and pay the application fee online.