Consider Graduate School

“I came in for graduate school advising last year as an undergrad. It was absolutely the best decision I could have made, and I wanted to say how grateful I am for your help while I was applying and awaiting my decisions.”

-Jade Payne, 17′


Two students discussing research opportunities

Research Programs

Take the time to research the universities and programs of your interest.

Below are some factors you should consider:


  • What is the reputation of the program?
  • Where is the program located (what are the weather conditions, cost of living)?
  • What are the admissions criteria (GPA requirement, entrance exams)?
  • What types of classes and concentrations are offered? How do they relate to your interest?
  • What is the size of the institution? What are the research interests of faculty?
  • What types of funding opportunities are available (grants, fellowships, scholarships)?
  • What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
  • How many students apply / are accepted to the program?

Student conducting a gradaute school interview
Develop Your Personal Statement

Most programs may require a personal statement. Consider these useful tips for writing a winning statement. For assistance with grammar and sentence structure, contact the University Writing Center.

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Build a Timeline

It is recommended to begin the application process at least three semesters prior to the application deadline.


Semester 1

  • Determine the schools to which you plan to apply, and request application materials.
  • Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible.
  • Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process.
  • Write a draft personal statement.
  • Research graduate admissions prep classes.

Semester 2

  • Meet with faculty members and visit our office to discuss your personal statement.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation.
  • Register and take required standardized tests.
  • Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each application’s requirements.
  • Order transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

Semester 3

  • Complete and submit application forms.
  • If an interview is required, schedule a practice graduate school interview.

Student asking a staff member for a reference Approaching Your References

A professional reference can evaluate or discuss: academic skills, performance in your field of interest, personal characteristics, teamwork, leadership skills, and professionalism.

Provide references with ample time to write a strong reference letter. You should also provide them with materials that will help them craft a targeted letter, including a resume, information about the program and coursework, and a stamped pre-addressed envelope (if applicable).

Student smiling and filling out papersGraduate and Professional Schools Fair

Provides students wanting to study beyond their bachelor’s degree the opportunity to meet with representatives of graduate, law and professional schools nationally and abroad

Check out additional grad school prep workshops

Students going over documents with a professorGraduate Admissions Tests

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)