From growing up in a suburb in Southern India to graduating with a master’s from Columbia University and then working in Silicon Valley, Soundarya Balasubramani knows the daunting challenges of applying and getting in to graduate school abroad.
In January 2020, she began working on what was supposed to be a short, 10-page guide, with Saikishore Raju, one of the contributors to the book. That project ended up expanding as Soundarya and a small team put in over 2000 hours to create the guide, first published in August 2020 in India. It has been used by over 1500 students around the world.
Admitted is for students in any country looking to enter graduate or undergraduate programs in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. It offers a unique combination of practical advice, mental frameworks to make better decisions, personal anecdotes, a philosophical touch, and illustrations to support and encourage you along the way. A few sections include special advice for Indian students.
The Holloway Edition is a revised and expanded version of the edition originally published in India and includes lifetime access to all resources and future updates.
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What do I get with purchase?
By purchasing a title on Holloway.com, you get full digital access to the book and all other resources that come with it, for unlimited use by you. That means you get lifetime access online for that title on the web, using the Holloway Reader. In contrast with Kindle and other ebooks, this also includes future updates from the author or editors. Finally, depending on the title, you get additional digital resources like PDF downloads, documents, spreadsheets, or audio clips!
When is a good time to purchase the book?
Ideally, we recommend you buy it 3 months before the general application deadline for most universities. However, since the book also covers topics on scholarships, interviews, loans, visas, and more, it will come in handy even if you purchase it after you’re done submitting your applications!
Will this book help me in my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS preparations?
Yes and no. The chapter on competitive exams talks about the various exams you need to take, what they entail, the official and unofficial resources required to ace them, and the best practices to follow. We have not prescribed a 30- or 60-day plan since it does not apply to everyone. However, you can use the book along with other sites, like Prepscholar and Magoosh.
How do I access the additional resources and the Slack community?
You’ll get an email with full details after purchase. Once you join the community, you will also be invited to exclusive webinar sessions in the future!
What is the Holloway Reader?
The Holloway Reader lets you read and engage with books bought on Holloway. Many of our readers call it the best reading experience for books on the web—you use it right in your browser, on desktop or mobile. In contrast to ebooks and paper books, online content in the Holloway Reader is always up to date, including updates when changes to the content are made, like responses to reader questions, new data, or new developments. It includes expert commentary in the margins and offers bookmarks and highlights, instant definitions of technical terms from a glossary, instant previews of links and footnotes, and a powerful search capability only available on Holloway titles—and we have a lot more on the way.
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