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Project 1000 Assists Underrepresented Students in the U.S. Applying to Graduate School

Project 1000 is a national program created to assist underrepresented students applying to graduate school. Students may apply to up to seven of the over 88 participating Project 1000 institutions by using one application.* Participation is FREE OF CHARGE to individual students and to the participating institutions! .

• Bilingual (English/Spanish) academic advisors available to assist with the graduate school application process.

• An easy-to-use electronic application available at www.asu.edu/project1000 .

• An increased opportunity of being admitted to up to seven of our participating graduate institutions by using the Project 1000 application.*

• Assistance in making a well-informed decision about where to apply and how to submit a strong application.

• Advisement on how to locate financial aid, how and when to apply for financial aid, and the differences between all of the financial aid options available.

• Free Graduate Record Examination (GRE) workshops at different locations around the country each year. Helpful tips on GRE test preparation and stress reduction are also available over the telephone and via links to our website.

• A toll-free telephone number to speak with Academic Advisors, available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Mountain Standard Time.

Student Eligibility - U.S. citizens or permanent residents underrepresented in U.S. Graduate Programs. We especially target: 1) Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban American or other Latin American ethnic heritage; 2) African American; OR 3) Native American (including U.S. Pacific Islander).

Program Eligibility - Eligible fields within Project 1000 are those disciplines that require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or those programs that do not have an entrance exam requirement. Eligible programs include the arts and sciences, engineering, architecture and urban planning, library and information science, oceanography, public health, nursing, biomedical sciences, public policy, social work, theology, and most fields within education.

Professional programs that require standardized tests other than the GRE (e.g., business, law or medicine) do not participate in Project 1000.

Project 1000 centralizes and facilitates the graduate school application process by greatly reducing the expenses normally involved in applying to graduate school. Once you have made the decision to apply to graduate school, complete a Project 1000 electronic application and submit it along with necessary supporting documentation to our office. When the file is complete, we photocopy your materials and send them to a maximum of seven universities of your choice. For the most part, participating universities have agreed to accept these materials in place of their own and have agreed to waive their application fee. Throughout the process, the Project 1000 staff is here to answer questions, review application essays, and to provide you with names and phone numbers of Project 1000 contact people at the participating universities.

• Call Project 1000.

• Decide which field of study you are interested in and determine if you would like to pursue a Master's or Doctoral degree in that area.

• Discuss your desire to attend graduate school with professors and graduate students who are working in your particular field of interest.

• Carefully research your field of study by visiting the university and departmental websites of the institutions you may be interested in attending. Don't forget to investigate the various financial aid options offered by both the institution and the department for the program you want to pursue .

• Select three people, preferably professors in your field of study, who would be willing to write strong letters of recommendation on your behalf.

• Contact the Educational Testing Service (the people who create and administer the GRE) and request a GRE Registration Bulletin so you can register to take the exam as soon as possible. Call (609) 771-7670 in the Princeton, New Jersey area or visit www.gre.org for more information. GRE registration materials may also be available through Project 1000 or in the graduate school office at a university near you.

• Students from the island of Puerto Rico, or those who have never attended a university in the United States, may be required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Verify with the departments at the institutions you wish to apply to whether or not the TOEFL will be required as a condition of admission to a graduate school program. For more information on the TOEFL exam call (609) 921-9000.

• Keep in mind that the entire graduate application process, from application to acceptance, takes months. Start early to avoid possible setbacks!

For more information about Project 1000, please call:

Toll-free Nationally (including Puerto Rico and Arizona):1-800- 327-4893

* Some institutions may have additional requirements. Check with Project 1000 for more information.

Posted by Evelin at November 10, 2006 06:04 AM