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Applying to Graduate School at UIUC Resources: Application Information

This guide provides resources that will help you get started researching and applying to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Applying to Graduate School at Illinois

If you're here, you are likely interested in applying to graduate school. Congratulations! The application process for graduate school at UIUC varies depending on what program you are interested in, but there are some consistencies that will be involved in most applications. Below are some library resources that will help you with your graduate school application. 

Cover letter help

A cover letter is generally a one-page document containing an applicant's work history, academic record, and other experience that is relevant to their application. While the content of cover letters will vary depending on the individual, it is helpful to learn some general methods for crafting an effective letter. 

Resume/Cover Letter Libguide

A UIUC Libguide that offers resources and support for resumes and cover letters for all purposes. 

Career Center Cover Letter Help

The Career Center Offers consultations and other important resources that will help you write your best cover letter. 

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Graduate Testing Resources


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GRE Prep Resources at Illinois

GRE preparation resources provided by Grainger College of Engineering

GRE/ Exam Prep Materials in the Library

  • Go to
  • Click on "Find Materials"
  • Click on "U of I Collection"
  • Keyword search "GRE Prep" 
  • Filter by the format that is best for you!

Writing a Resumé

Resumés are documents that allow applications to show their relevant experience and qualifications. Most graduate programs will require that applicants submit this in their application. It is important to know what and what not to include in a resumé. The following are some resources that should help you with this:

Career Center Guide to Resumés

General advice and instructions for creating, editing, formatting, and submitting a resumé by the Illinois Career Center.

Make an Appointment with the Writer's Workshop

Fill out this form to find a writing tutor who will look over your resumé and offer advice!

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