Absolutely. We’re connecting prospects and programs every hour of every day. We have to tell you, all of that matchmaking is a beautiful thing to watch. Here’s a recent conversation we had with busy client successfully using Gradschoolmatch to introduce her biological and biomedical sciences doctoral program at Vanderbilt University to scores of new prospects, improving its already strong regional and national presence:
GSM: We gather you’re pleased with Gradschoolmatch?
Fill out your program profiles. You can find your profiles by clicking Programs on the menu bar at the top of your screen. Then click on stuff. You’ll see. Always be sure to hit a Save button after entering information.
The profile content is very important to fill out completely so that Search will work and it also drives Match. It is how the right students find and quickly evaluate your programs. If you’re having any difficulty figuring out how to edit your profile, step out into the hall and grab the next grad student who skips by.
Click on Match on the top menu bar and wait for all of the short profile views to fill up the page. You can see full profiles of the prospects by clicking on their name. Click on the Bookmark button on those who interest you. If they like you, they’ll bookmark you back.
Program users who actively Bookmark students have a lot more success on Gradschoolmatch than lurker users. By the way, if you’ve made it this far, you don’t need any more help from a grad student.
Explore. Click on stuff and see what it opens. There’s a lot of functionality to find on Gradschoolmatch, none of which is breakable. You can change your Email Alert Frequency, Add/Remove Collaborators, look at your various Lists, and even Export a list of prospects who share an interest in your program.
If you’re having any difficulty exploring all of the functionality on Gradschoolmatch, Tweet, Snapchat or FB your most loyal grad student and ask him or her to stop by and give you a hand….just don’t use email. They’re much better at communicating through apps than through email. Go figure.
Not everybody you discover on Gradschoolmatch is going in the next application cycle. But most will go eventually. Not everybody has research or work experience, and many don't even know they need it. Don’t be afraid to train them to be better applicants.
What you do now can pay off in later application cycles. Undergraduate advising/Career Planning services simply aren’t getting the job done for students. They are frustrated. They need mentoring from people like you. Use Gradschoolmatch to recruit them for your summer programs, etc. Many are in places where they just don't have the proper mentoring to know what is important to top graduate programs. We started Gradschoolmatch with the idea of not only finding better prospects now, but to train the others on how to become better applicants.
The purpose of Gradschoolmatch is to generate leads. Expect incomplete information. For example, few list their GRE scores because most don’t take the exam until after they decide where to apply.
But don't be shy to ask them for more information. Nurture the strong leads you discover, and mentor some of the weaker ones. Get your faculty on the strong ones ASAP, whether on or off our site. If you want them in a seat, you’ll want to go the extra mile.
Focus on precision, not scale. The typical graduate program doesn’t need hundreds, you need a handful of the most promising ones.
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