Tips for Selecting a Graduate Program

Arrange campus visits

  • Make appointments to meet with professors and/or the admissions office
  • Talk to current students
  • Some schools may be able to pay your travel expenses
  • Gather information about the community and housing options
  • Arrive on time and be prepared

Make a list of potential schools and compare

  • Quality of programs
  • Research and scholarly opportunities
  • Reputation of the school, its programs, and professors
  • Potential fit with professors whose interests match yours
  • Program job placement rates and information
  • Financial assistance
  • Student services
  • Location's cost of living