Be Thankful for Your Many Graduate School Choices
One of the great things about pursuing
graduate study in the U.S. is the wide variety of
schools and programs that applicants have to choose
from. No matter what your academic interests are or
where you want to live, chances are good that there is a
school out there that can make you happy.
Selecting the Best Graduate School for You
There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting graduate schools to apply to. Should you apply based on the
school's reputation? Geography? Specializations? Famous professors? Good basketball team?
Get the Most Out of Your
While wide-eyed college applicants are agog over things
like student unions, athletic stadiums, dormitories, and
dining halls, the life of a graduate student is
Highlighting Your Research Compatibility Factor
Grad school applicants often underestimate the
importance of identifying potential dissertation chairs
and mentioning that match in their applications.
Which is Right for You? A Master's or a Ph.D.?
Although master's and doctoral degree programs are often grouped together in the category of
"graduate education," the two programs represent different educational experiences and often
lead to different career paths. Anyone considering graduate school should give careful consideration as to which program is the better option for them.
How to Pick Your Target
One of the most difficult aspects of the graduate school admissions process is having to pick a realistic number of target schools from the overwhelming number of
programs and overlapping disciplines that there are to choose from. Summer is an excellent time to create your own personalized and prioritized checklist of the
qualities you desire in your graduate program.
Look Beyond the
The problem with most post-graduate guides and
directories is that they rely too much on numerical data
to describe graduate programs.
Graduate School Guide Book Reviews
While our review page is not 100% comprehensive, we have identified several outstanding publications, based on our collective experience with graduate school selection as well as the feedback from our clients.
Keep Your Career
Objectives in Mind
Two important criteria to consider when choosing the
best-fit school is career objectives and outcomes.
Rankings Not the Only Measure
of Grad School Quality
US News & World Report releases its annual
graduate-school rankings each spring. Their release is,
as always, timely for graduate-school applicants who are
starting to focus on school selection for next year. But
should they determine your school choice?
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