Got a Criminal Record? Here’s How to Address It in Your Application
If you have ever engaged in disorderly conduct, petty theft, gotten a DUI, been arrested during a political protest, or have any other infractions (minor or major) on your record, we hope that you have learned important lessons from those experiences and won’t repeat them. But if you are applying to a grad program, you are likely to be asked on your application, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain.”
In this post, we will show you how to appear in the best possible light in this situation, while also explaining how to approach this question honestly, but without going overboard. After all, if you have done something stupid, something deserving of a conviction or suspension, you have a higher bar to prove to an admissions committee that you are worthy of their acceptance.
Perfect execution of these suggestions will increase your chances of admission, but still may not be enough to earn acceptance to a top school. Think twice and three times before you do something that you could regret for a very long time and avoid having to deal with this situation altogether.
Are you applying to grad school with a criminal record? Work one-on-one with an Accepted consultant to evaluate your profile, figure out where you should apply, and devise an admissions strategy that will help you present your story in the best light. These actions will strengthen your chances of acceptance. Please see our Graduate School Admissions Consulting Services for more information.
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