6. “We’re watching your waistline.”
In addition to soliciting glowing letters of recommendation, writing poignant application essays and securing financial aid, there is another thing grad hopefuls might need to put on their to-do list: losing weight. Overweight graduate school applicants receive fewer admission offers compared with their thinner counterparts, according to a study published in May in the journal “Obesity.” Jacob Burmeister, a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University, and his fellow researchers analyzed the grad school applications of 97 applicants, and found that candidates with a higher body-mass index who were asked to do a face-to-face interview had lower admission rates than both the thinner applicants who were interviewed in-person and the overweight applicants who didn’t have to do in-person interviews. The candidates studied had similar credentials and equally positive recommendation letters, says Burmeister.
Researchers point out that some heavier candidates — fearing bias — may have performed less well during the face-to-face interviews than they would have over the phone. And Stewart, of the Council of Graduate Schools, says that while universities are “not perfect,” most are committed to a fair evaluation of candidates.
but hating fat people isn’t real tho
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