As a SIPA representative who has interacted with applicants hoping to get into SIPA, I know that the final stage of the application process yields both relief and stress for prospective students who have not yet completed the application. Here are a few tips for those of you who are still working on your SIPA applications:
Follow directions: Often times, it is the simplest thing that can hinder ones application. Be sure to follow instructions carefully and thoroughly. If there is a word limit for personal statements, follow it. If you are asked for three letters of recommendation, do not send more or less. If you are asked not to send anything additional, don’t.
Focus on content and presentation: A candidate might have the highest standardized test scores, a great GPA, and excellent references, but if the application contains obvious misspellings or grammatical mistakes, it may be a problem. Please make sure to carefully review your materials before hitting the submit button. The most common mistake is submitting a statement of purpose that was meant for another school – Don’t confuse SIPA with other schools. If you do, the Admissions Committee will assume you are careless and not entirely serious about your application.
Be yourself: It is important that you present yourself in a genuine and honest way. No one is perfect, so the Committee might be a bit skeptical about applicants who present themselves as having no flaws. Don’t exaggerate your accomplishment or make up excuses for weaknesses in your application.
Allow yourself enough time: Take some time to gather and collect all of the required materials for your application. Our online application portal allows you to frequently check the status of your application. Check and recheck to make sure that there are no more supporting and supplemental documents you need to submit.
Stay positive and try to relax: We realize that it is a very anxious time for you and we’ll do our best to help you through the process. Feel free to visit the office if you are in the New York City area. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, excluding holidays – No appointment is needed to speak to someone in the Admissions Office. Of course, you can always email or call us if you need assistance.