Application Components and Resources

Quick Links: Transcripts | Entrance Exams | Curriculum Vitae (CV) | Personal Statement | Letters of Recommendation

Application materials for graduate school may vary by institution and specific program, and the list below outlines typical components. Discuss individual applications with faculty and career advisors.


Graduate programs require official transcripts, a complete record of all academic work attempted at Washington and Lee. Request an official transcript from the Office of the Registrar.

Entrance Exams

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A curriculum vitae is a document outlining your academic achievements, work history, skills, and qualifications. Craft a competitive CV using CPD's career resources.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is a very important part of the application for a variety of types of programs. The statement should give the reader insight into who you are, why you are interested in a specific program, and what goals you hope to accomplish. Personal statements are an opportunity to tell YOUR story and showcase why you are a competitive applicant. Learn about the different types and get started here!

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an extremely important component of the graduate program admissions process. These letters should be written by faculty (preferred) or supervisors and mentors who know you very well and can provide insight on who you are as a student, researcher, professional, and as a person. Check out these tips for who and how to ask.