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Posts from October 2018

Idealist Grad Fair Tour 2018

During the month of October, GSPP had the opportunity to attend Idealist Fairs in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles!

Attending Idealists fairs is something we look forward to doing every year, and once again, it was a wonderful experience! We love attending Idealist Fairs because it gives us a chance to meet and learn more about the applicants who are interested in our programs. We appreciate your interest in the Goldman School and look forward to receiving your applications in December!

I also want to give a very special thank you to the alumni who volunteered to represent GSPP at the Idealist fairs this year-  we couldn't have done it without you!

Pictured below: Karen Huynh (GSPP Alumni), Hortencia Rodriguez (GSPP Alumni), Lezley Hightower (Berkeley MPP Admissions), and Steven Almazan (GSPP Alumni) in Los Angeles. We were one of the last tables standing at the end of the evening!



For those of you who could not join us at the fairs, there's still an opportunity to learn more about the MPP program and have your questions answered by admissions representatives. We have one more MPP Admissions Webinar scheduled during the month of October.

Click here for more information about the MPP Admissions Webinar on October 31st


Please take note of this important announcement if you are currently working on an application for Fall 2019!

The extremely amazing and generous GSPP student members of SCiPP (Students of Color in Public Policy) have set up a program staffed by current student volunteers to provide peer feedback on the Policy Statement of Purpose essay.

If you need help with this required essay, please don't hesitate to participate in the SCiPP Peer Advising Program today!

Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.


To use SCiPP's services, please follow the instructions below. Once completed, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming that SCiPP received your essay.

  1. Complete the SCiPP Peer Advising Survey.
  2. Send your Policy Statement of Purpose (PSP) to scipp.peer.advising@gmail.com as a Word Document. Please save the document as “FullName_PSP.doc” Example: StephenCurry_PSP.doc
  3. Include in the subject line of your email “SCiPP Peer Advising: FirstName_LastName”
  4. If you have additional questions or concerns about the curriculum or public policy degree (or if you just want to introduce yourself!), include it in the body of the email along with your PSP attachment.

SCiPP will accept PSP essays on a rolling basis during the 2018 application cycle. However, Peer Advisors will only be assigned on the two dates below.

Deadline to submit Policy Statement of Purpose essay:

Round 1: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Round 2: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Date that prospective applicant will be assigned a Peer Advisor:

Round 1: Monday, October 22, 2018

Round 2: Monday, November 5, 2018

*SCiPP will accept PSP essays for review through Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 11:59 pm PST. Anything received after that date will not be reviewed. *

Please contact SCiPP Peer Advising Coordinators, Ben Kane (ben.kane@berkeley.edu) and Rasheed Auguste (auguste@berkeley.edu) with questions.