Brandenberg-MessageToProspectivePhDStudents

Dear Prospective PhD Student,

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program at UCLA. I am honored that you are considering applying to UCLA, and have taken the time to visit my webpage. I receive a very large number of email messages from PhD students each year asking me to review their resume and discuss admission to our PhD program. I try to respond to these messages, but I simply don’t have time to respond to all of them. I am therefore writing this message so that you know what I would say if I had the time to respond. When I do respond, I inform students that my policy is to not comment on a student’s case until we have had a chance to review all of our applications in the Winter quarter. I never provide comments on a student’s case because we follow a fair and balanced formal admission process, and we provide feedback only after a decision has been reached. We generally receive many more PhD applications than we can accommodate, and unfortunately must decline admission to many highly qualified PhD students each year.

Sincerely,

Scott J. Brandenberg