We recognize that not all qualified students receive equal support from their networks when applying to graduate school. The Admissions Assistance Program pairs prospective applicants with current Applied Developmental Science graduate students who can offer guidance and answer questions throughout the application process. By engaging key faculty members and graduate student mentors with motivated mentees, we hope undergraduates leave the program with a better understanding of the graduate school application process and are inspired to pursue advanced degrees.
AAP is open to all students, but we particularly encourage those who self-identify with historically underrepresented groups in higher education to use this resource.
Purpose of AAP
AAP is a volunteer-based initiative to help prospective applicants by providing feedback on their application materials and answering questions related to CSU, Fort Collins, and Ph.D. programs in the social, behavioral, human, and health sciences broadly as well as specifically the Applied Developmental Science Ph.D. program.
Who We Are
AAP mentors come from diverse backgrounds and career paths, representing labs in HDFS. Each mentor has unique strengths and a commitment to diversity and helping prospective students.
Becoming a Mentee
AAP is open to all students and is dedicated to assisting first-generation, low-income, and other applicants who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Mentees will work with ADS graduate student mentors throughout the fall semester leading up to graduate school application deadlines to learn about graduate school, research in social and behavioral sciences, and becoming competitive graduate school applicants.
Is AAP a mandatory part of the CSU ADS or other Ph.D. program(s) application process?
It is not. The Admission Assistance Program is completely voluntary.
If I participate in the AAP, am I required to apply to the ADS program?
No. Although it is our intention that AAP serves as a channel to advertise our ADS Ph.D. program, given the interdisciplinary nature of the graduate training with the Applied Development Science program, AAP will still be beneficial for prospective students who are interested in applying to graduate programs related to education, social work, health and exercise science, occupational therapy, and behavioral, psychological, and prevention sciences.
Should I apply to the AAP? Who is it for?
The goal of AAP is to provide support to applicants who have limited access to resources. AAP is open to anyone but is specifically targeted toward applicants from historically underserved communities and non-traditional academic backgrounds based on racial, ethnic/cultural identities, first-generation status, gender identities, sexual orientation, disability, age, etc.
When should I apply to AAP?
The mentor-mentee assignment will be out in late October. AAP is expected to be active from late October to early December. The timeline is purposely chosen to allow for ample time for important questions about graduate program(s) and to get an extra set of eyes on the application materials before submission.
Will the CSU ADS or other Ph.D. programs’ admissions committee know that I participated in this program?
No, they will not. None of the information regarding your participation in the mentorship will be shared with anyone outside of the AAP, including the admissions committee(s).
I don't plan to apply for graduate school this fall, but I am certain I will in the future. Can I still apply for the AAP during this application cycle?
The AAP program caters to individuals intending to seek admission to graduate program(s) in the fall of 2024, with applications planned for the fall of 2023. If you are currently a junior or have postponed your graduate school application until the subsequent autumn, we recommend staying connected and revisiting our webpage next year.