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Date: Oct 2015

recruitingThe recruiting season is winding down, but there are still a handful of events left.

Come chat with us in Chicago, Santa Barbara, Seattle, or Phoenix. We’ll also be online for the SOPHAS Virtual Fair.

Check out our recruitment calendar to see where we’ll be when.

Hope to see you soon!

Student with computerDo you have questions about our application process?

Sign in to the last of our fall Virtual Information Sessions – “The Ins and Outs of Applying to the Bloomberg School” – this Wednesday, October 28 at 12 noon (Eastern).

Instructions for participating in the chat may be found on our website.

Hope to “see” you there!

Do you know all the words to “Sweet Home Chicago?”

Even if you don’t, if you’re thinking of following a career in public health, it’s a good time to think about Chicago.

Why?

The Annual Meeting for the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be held October 31-November 4 in Chicago, Illinois. The event expects more than 12,500 public health professionals to attend educational sessions, networking functions, a public health expo and more.

Students should be especially aware of: 

APHA Student Visit Day

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This is a FREE event providing students the opportunity to visit the public health expo, including over 100 CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health!

Registration is required.

Hope to see you at our booth!

APHA Expo

Tidying upThe leaves are falling, there’s a crispness to the air and you can find pumpkin flavored everything. It must be time for a few policy reminders and blog tips.

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taking a standardized testOne of the most common questions we receive is:

What is the average GRE score of your applicants?

This is followed closely by questions surrounding grade point averages, acceptance rates, etc.

Like the question about our average student, these are surprisingly difficult questions to answer. Admissions statistics 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 MBE and MPH program offices 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 additional help.