We’re closed for Christmas, but don’t panic

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid operates on a holiday schedule for the next two weeks. While we have limited office hours, that doesn't mean we're not here to help you finish your application for admission. Read this post to see which blog posts we recommend you review prior to submitting your app, as well as to review our hours of operation. Happy Holidays!

4 new faculty join SIPA this spring

We are excited to be joined by a number of new adjuncts and research scholars this spring. Among them are Karla Hoff and Augusto de la Torre of the World Bank; Ronaldo Lemos, co-founder and Director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro; and Pierre Vimont, former ambassador of France to the United States.

Pen resting on a sheet of paper

Tips on the short essay policy question

The deadlines for Fall 2017 application are almost here and a lot of you are in the process of working on your admission essays. The second essay for this cycle (Fall 2017/Spring 2018) asks applicants to express their views about a policy-related question. This is a mandatory essay and the prompt for this changes every year. So PA Sadia Afreen thought it was a good idea to share her take on this year’s prompt and some advice on how you can approach writing it.

Rena Sung, her recommender, and another supervisor posing for a photo in a restaurant

How to plan for your recommendation letters

The letters of recommendation from the right people address your potential and strengthen your application, thus boosting your chance of getting into good programs. However, the process of getting the good letters could be also stressful. Here are some tips on how to best navigate that process from one of our current students.

Brooklyn Hotspots: Tips from an off-campus student

If you're visiting New York City for the first time (or are a return visitor), there are plenty of things to do within the city. But Admissions PA Meagan Barrera says you shouldn't limit yourself to just Manhattan as there are things to do across the five boroughs. In today's blog post, Meagan shares her favorite Brooklyn sites and eats.