Graduate School Application Process
If you are interested in graduate school, it is best to start preparing in your junior year for the application process. Click here to download a PowerPoint about Successful Graduate School Applications
Why Attend Graduate School?
- You have a clarity of purpose in career and personal goals.
- You understand how a graduate degree fits with your goals.
- You understand what a graduate degree will do for you, such as a professional license, marketability, advancement in a field, or to teach in higher education.
Bad Reasons To Choose Graduate School
- You don't know what else to do.
- To avoid going to work.
- To please others that want you to go.
- Because you have good standardized test scores.
How To Choose A Graduate Program
- Good advisor in your specialty. Your advisor generally becomes a very important mentor to you as you complete graduate school.
- Make sure program has classes in your specialty.
- Be sure to check what application pre-requisites might be required and that you meet them.
- Be sure they have good research facilities, an adequate library, and the accessibility of the faculty.
- Try to find out the reputation of both the faculty and the program.
- Geographical considerations.
- Start researching graduate school programs in your junior year, if still a student. Generally, 1 1/2 years before you want to start program.
- Take the standardized tests about 1 year before you want to start.
- Get letters of recommendation and complete applications about 8 months to a year before you want to start. Base this timeline on the deadlines for the programs.
- Six months before you start, verify that schools have received your application. Be sure to follow-up with programs and be proactive.
- GradSchools.com: Can search for programs here
- AccreditedOnlineColleges.org: Find accredited online Colleges in the US.
- Peterson's Guide: Can search for many programs here
- Examfocus.com: Practice tests for almost all of the standardized tests.
- GRE.org: Register and find resources for the Graduate Record Exam
- Miller's Analogy Test: Practice questions for this test
- Graduate Management Admission Council: Register for GMAT
- MBA.com: Comprehensive website for MBA information
- Boston College Law School Locator: Lists the LSAT scores and GPA ranges of first year classes at accredited law schools.
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT): Register and find resources for the test.
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Register and manage your medical school applications.
- Financial Aid Resources: Find scholarships, grants, and the FAFSA for student loans.
- Princeton Review: Provides test tips, financial aid, and other graduate school information.