I am going to apply for a PhD program. What does mean when one requirement is "Outstanding academic record".
This is probably too hard to answer. What discipline? what university?– Prof. Santa ClausMay 15, 2021 at 5:58
That means you have to have demonstrated that you're a really good student. Your "academic record" is what your undergraduate career says about you (transcripts, letters of reference, publications, awards). It must be "outstanding" - top of the heap.
Only very select schools (or those that think very well of themselves) can ask this explicitly of their applicants, though many require it.
- Have you (co-)published a peer-reviewed article?
- Have you presented at a scholarly conference?
- Have you served as a research assistant?
- Have you served as a teaching assistant?
- Have you won any prizes, grants and awards for your studies?
- Have you had exceptionally good grades?
- Have you shown community engagement for your fellow students?
- Have you attended voluntary, extracurricular, academic activities (e.g., summer schools in Europe)?
If the response to any of the question is yes, then list it.
Have you got an especially good relationship with a few professors?– BuffyMay 14, 2021 at 15:38
5Have you attended summer schools? --- Perhaps reword this slightly? In the US this is a route often taken by students who failed a course during the Fall or Spring semesters. May 14, 2021 at 16:42
Thank you, @DaveLRenfro, I changed it to "voluntary, extracurricular, academic activities". I didn't know about the U.S. connotation regarding summer schools.– anpamiMay 15, 2021 at 8:41