Graduate School Resources

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The process of researching and applying to graduate schools is much like the process of researching and applying to colleges. It is important to take time to determine if grad school is right for you, research schools to find the one best suited to your interests and needs, study for your graduate exams, and put forth the best application materials possible.

There are several steps to researching and successfully applying to grad school:

Answer these questions to determine if graduate school is right for you and if this is the best time for you to attend. Research schools. Peterson’s is a wonderful resource and are the other links found on the Graduate Schools and Professional Schools pages.

Once you’ve done some initial research on schools of interest and narrowed your list down to a realistic number of schools, find out as much as you can about each school by: emailing 1-2 professors at each school with whom you would potentially like to work, making sure that your interests align with the research interests of at least 2-3 faculty at that program, talking to current students and/or recent alumni of that program, talking to professors here at Centre about their associations with that school, and visiting the school.

Determine which graduate admissions exam (GRE, LSAT, etc) that you need to take and register for that exam. Be sure to allow plenty of time to study beforehand. Some exams (like the GRE) have free study materials on their web site. See Graduate Exams & Test Preparation for more resources.

Make your application as strong as it possibly can be. Ask professors or others early on to write letters of recommendation for you, and be sure to give them a copy of your resume and any other information they request. If feasible, contact your graduate program to ask if they have certain issues they like addressed or a certain format in which they prefer letters to be written. Write a strong personal statement and have numerous people (faculty, Career Services, parents, friends) review it for you. Click here for information on what to include in your personal statement and click here for on-line samples. There are also several very good books on writing personal statements available for check-out in the Career Services library.

Remember, the process of deciding whether graduate school is right for you, researching schools, and putting together successful applications is one that should be taken very seriously and given a lot of time. The resources above and below can be invaluable for helping you in this process. In addition, Centre provides numerous people to help you through this process including professors, pre-professional advisors, and your Career Services counselor.

Graduate Schools - Use Peterson's and other sites to research and gather information on graduate schools in every possible field of study.

Professional Schools - Information specific to researching and successfully applying to: medical school, law school, business school (MBA), dental school and veterinary school.

Financial Aid - Information on a variety of options for financing graduate school.

Graduate Exams and Test Preparation - Links to graduate exams including the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT and to graduate exam test prep sites.

Scholarships - Links to scholarship programs available to help fund graduate study.

Study Abroad

Information on programs supporting graduate study abroad.

International Graduate Programs Find colleges and universities by country.

Peterson's Study Abroad Searchable database of programs and university profiles. Locate study abroad programs in more than 100 countries.

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