drs2872 wrote:Is it important to contact a professor before applying to University? What if I submit my application directly without contacting any professor? Will my chances of getting admit reduce?
I would only contact a professor if you're familiar with their work or if you've done similar work yourself in past research. If you do contact a professor, make sure you've familiarized yourself with their research. Basically, what I think the best thing to do is to show that you understand the fundamentals of their research and ask them specific questions about their research. I wouldn't linger too much on how bad you want to get into the school, etc. If you focus the email around them explaining what they love, it may help you out.