Getting into Grad School

Attention college seniors! It’s time to start looking ahead to graduation and what you have planned after school is over. While it may seem like your final semester just started and you have a long way to go before you walk across that stage, you’re wrong. Time is going to fly by and before you know it you will be a college graduate. So now what? Are you planning on getting a job or internship? Moving back home and trying to save money? Or are you interested in attending grad school to further your education?

If you think grad school is something you want to do, here is what you need to know.

  • The grad school admission process is typically a 12 month progression, so it’s important to start early. While many students choose to attend grad school immediately after college graduation, it might be best to take a year off and spend that time studying for your grad exam and finding the right school for you. It also couldn’t help to pick up a part time job or internship to get some work experience and a little extra cash under your belt.
  • You should enroll in a GRE test prep course and start studying for the GRE exam. Test prep courses are offered in a few different structures including private lessons, online classes, or group sessions. Then register for the exam. If you are taking a more specific test for medical or law school, you can register for the appropriate test prep courses and exams.
  • Start looking at different programs that interest you. Do your research because some schools have graduate programs that offer grants, scholarships and fellowships. You can even reach out to the schools or specific professors if you have questions. Visit campuses if you have time.
  • After you take your exam (and get the score you want), it is time to start putting together your statement of purpose. When writing your statement, pay attention to what the school is asking you. The actual prompts may vary from school to school but generally they all want to know the same thing. What do you want to study and why? What is your previous experience in that field? What will you do with the degree?
  • Make sure to have all of your recommendations in order and your transcripts ready. You should also have your resume polished up and your statement of purpose complete. Proof read, and have someone else proof read.
  • Finalize your list of the top schools you are interested in attending. We suggest that your final list is somewhere between 5-8 schools. Take your finances into consideration when putting this together.
  • Send out your applications and triple check that the entire application is complete. Check back in with admissions to confirm that they received all materials.

Wait it out and hope for the best! Good luck!

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