When Should I Go?

If you have decided that graduate school is for you, you then need to decide if you would like to attend immediately after graduation, or wait a year or two. Though many Hartwick seniors begin the year pursuing graduate school plans, only about 15-21% of the senior class end up enrolling in graduate school immediately following graduation. Most graduates opt to work a year or two and then pursue graduate school plans. There are advantages to both choices.

In looking at the advantages to proceeding directly on, there is more continuity of learning between undergraduate and graduate school and you will probably still be in the "studying mode." Secondly, many students find it is easier to finance graduate school when there aren't other major financial obligations such as marriage, mortgages and children. Undergraduate loans can be deferred while attending school as well. Lastly, if you are enthusiastic and certain about a career decision where graduate school is needed, attending right away will quicken the time you can enter the profession.

The advantages of waiting a year or two before attending graduate school have already been outlined above. To recap: if you are uncertain about the field you would like to study, if there are goal conflicts on the reasons for attending graduate school and if it would be advantageous to gain some work experience and/or take some time off.