Nearly 6 months after I decided to pursue a Master's of Social Work, I received an acceptance to UCLA's program. Those 6 months were not fun. My days basically consisted of working full-time, completing a 40 hour domestic violence counselor training program, studying for the GRE's, and of course, completing my applications to 4 programs (The University of Michigan, The University of Texas in Austin, UCLA and USC).
Because I live in Los Angeles, I was able to attend local info sessions for UCLA and USC. One event in particular, UCLA's Diversity Recruitment Fair, was by far the most informative and useful info sessions I attended. What I liked most about the Diversity Fair was that it was designed to help applicants better position themselves for acceptance to the program.
Best of all, they distributed a packet which contained all kinds of valuable information about the application, admission requirements, personal statement writing tips, etc. While it was great to receive it, I wish they had distributed or posted it on a website at least 3 months earlier than they did... which is why I posted materials to this site.