Evaluation of the applications and placement of candidates are reviewed by the Admission Committee of each department. All applications are reviewed in a holistic manner meaning each application is reviewed in its entirety, word by word, page by page. This is an important concept to consider when you are filling out the application form, writing your letter of intent and attaching required documents. Keep in mind when you are applying that the application you submit is closely scrutinized.
Using a broad concept of merit, evaluators employ the following criteria:
The applicant's full record or achievement in higher education, including the number of courses taken and grades earned.
Personal qualities of the applicant, including leadership ability, character, motivation, insight, initiative, originality, intellectual independence, responsibility, maturity, and demonstrated concern for others and for the community are considered.
Likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus.
Performance on standardized tests that shows the applicant's learning skills and reasoning.