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Average test scoresPublic health is a quantitative discipline. But admission to a public health program is less about numbers and more about fit.

This is one reason we may hesitate when you ask about the average GRE score for accepted applicants.

Admissions statistics (e.g. average test scores, average GPAs, acceptance rates, etc.) vary greatly by department, program and sometimes even concentration or track. Public health draws individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. The number of applicants and number of available slots varies year to year. Test structures and evaluation procedures also change.

For all the reasons above, our office does not collect statistics for individual programs or for the School as a whole.

From our perspective, all components of the application (resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, etc.) are equally considered in the admission review. There are no minimums or cut-offs.

That’s not to say you should submit less than your best. Our programs are competitive (though how competitive also varies greatly!).

Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee(s).  You may wish to contact the appropriate academic coordinator for a better idea of what makes a competitive application to your specific program. Contact information for coordinators is typically listed on the program’s website or you may contact us for help.

Best wishes to you and your application!

woman in computer labIf  you’ve been following us this fall, you know our School uses two application systems. Your program dictates which application to use.

Regardless of program and application, there is a fee associated with applying to our School. This fee must be paid for your application to be considered complete.

For the Bloomberg School Application (departmental master’s and all doctoral degrees) the fee is $45 USD.

For SOPHAS (public health common application used only for our Schoolwide MPH), the application fee is $120 USD for application to one school and an additional $45 USD for each additional school.

Application fee waivers are available only in very specific circumstances and only with the appropriate documentation.

We’ve set this out in detail on our website, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (there is no fee for asking questions)!

stack of filesAre you planning to apply to the Bloomberg School for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?

Don’t wait. Start NOW.

As part of the application process, you need to request and submit a number of official documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.).  If you have international academic records, you need to have them evaluated by an external credentials evaluation agency.

All these things – particularly the credentials evaluation – can take time. Sometimes several weeks.

Your application and all supporting materials must be in our office by the application deadline. Some programs are more forgiving than others, but late applications and/or late materials can prevent an application from being reviewed – for admission and/or for scholarships.

Listen to the bossy admissions blogger! Start NOW!

SleuthI love a good mystery. Sherlock Holmes, Maisie Dobbs, Hercule Poirot are all dear friends of mine.  They’re also my competitors, because my favorite thing about mysteries is trying to solve the puzzle before the hero (or heroine).

So imagine the pleasure I get by solving this mystery for you. . .

I submitted all the required materials. I see them applied to my online application. My application is under review, so why is it still “incomplete?”

This seemingly contradictory notation generally appears in applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript showing your coursework to date.

While this “in progress” transcript is typically sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and the grades you earned.

As long as the individual requirements (letters of recommendation, test scores, transcripts, etc.) have been fulfilled and your application is under review, there is nothing more to do until you receive your decision.

One final, important note in the solving of this mystery: admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.  

That sounds scary, but if you pay attention to communication from us, monitor your online application and follow this blog, it’s elementary!

answer sheetAs a follow-up to last week’s post on standardized test scores, we’d like to address another common question:

What is the average test score submitted by your applicants?

Admissions doesn’t have that figure.  Nor do we have a minimum score requirement. Let me explain why.

Test scores and other admissions statistics vary greatly by department, program, degree track and even admissions cycle.  With ten departments and nine degrees – all with widely varying numbers of applicants and available spots – it’s extremely difficult to provide a Schoolwide average.  Even if we performed arithmetic gymnastics to provide such a number, it may not accurately represent a competitive score for your specific program of interest.

The academic departments and Schoolwide MPH program have their own admissions review committees who consider all components of the application (statement of purpose, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc.) during their review. They will be looking for candidates with strong quantitative abilities and a focused goal in public health.

For the best idea of what makes a competitive application to your particular program, we encourage you to contact that program directly. Email us for help locating an appropriate contact.

Best wishes to you and your application!