Where Should I Go?The next step is to research and choose a select number of graduate schools to apply to. This can seem like an overwhelming process considering the number of schools to choose from. The key is knowing where to obtain the information needed.
1. Consult faculty members and individuals who have specialized in the discipline of your choice and have knowledge of the field. They may be able to refer you to graduate schools that they know of, answer questions about the strengths and weaknesses of the programs, admission requirements and refer you to resources that you can use. The Career Services staff is also an excellent resource and can assist you in this process from the beginning to the end.
2. Consult the web and reference materials and books in the Career Services Resource Library. The Peterson's Guides include the number of degree candidates enrolled, prerequisites for admission, size of institution and types of financial aid offered. Our resources are located in the red graduate school section.
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3. Write to individual graduate departments and ask them to send you information on their program and the school. Take the opportunity, to ask about assistantships that they may offer and how you can apply for them. When you contact them, also ask for a bibliography of publications of the faculty within the discipline you are considering. This will help you gage the focus areas of the faculty.
4. Visit schools that you are considering applying to. While on campus, talk to students in the program and find out information you might not obtain from the catalogues. Make an appointment to interview with an Admissions Counselor in your program. Talking with someone in the program, even if an interview is not required, will give you the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate your interest. As an added source of information, spend time talking with someone in the placement office. Find out where graduates end up locally or nationally. What kinds of services does the institution provide for finding positions?