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Are you close to becoming a recent graduate? If so then congratulations are in order! Being a recent college graduate who received a bachelor's degree is quite an accomplishment! It truly is a wonderful feeling to know that the years of studying and researching have finally paid off! Now what comes after this?

Many students choose to jump directly into the workforce once they have graduated from college. However many others are not satisfied having only earned a bachelors degree, they often set their sights a career that will require a higher level of knowledge? If your student identifies with the latter, then perhaps they should consider graduate school.

This is a big decision for a student to make and there are several considerations to take into account during this decision-making process.

The first consideration is your career goals. Does the field that want to enter reward or require a graduate education? Graduate school should not be used as a way to postpone finding a job. Decide what terminal degree is necessary (Master, Doctorate). Decide what criteria are most important in choosing a program. Attending graduate or professional school means a huge investment in time and money.

How to research graduate or professional programs:

  • Utilize reference books and university folders in the Career Information Center.
  • Talk with professionals in the field about their graduate school experiences.
  • Research the ratings and accreditation of the schools.
  • Write to the schools of interest and obtain graduate catalogs, admission and financial aid information, and inquire about a school visit.
  • Talk with current and former students of graduate programs and ask for their evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the program.
  • Attend Graduate/Professional School Fair.

If you are considering applying to law, medical, dental, or health-related graduate or professional schools, we recommend a visit to the Office of Graduate Studies. The College of Science and Engineering, also has a faculty member specifically assigned to assist pre-medical students prepare to enter medical school.

Sites of interest include:

Peterson’s Education Portal

GRE® CAT - The Graduate Record Examination General Test measures the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing ability of graduate school applicants.

GMAT CAT® - The Graduate Management Admission Test® measures the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing ability of applicants for advanced study in business and management.

MCAT - The Medical College Admission Test measures a medical college applicant's problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills, as well as knowledge of science concepts.

LSAT - The Law School Admission Test measures acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.