Apply to Grad School

Applying to graduate school can be overwhelming—don’t be afraid to contact the Center for Career & Professional Development, a professor, or your academic advisor for guidance.

Tips on Deciding and Applying

1. First, answer the questions below to determine if graduate school is right for you and if this is the best time for you to attend.
• What can you do with your Bachelor’s degree?
• What career do you want to pursue? What jobs are you interested in?
• What specific education do you need for those jobs?
• What experience do you need for those jobs?
• What experiences (work/internship, activities, other) do you have that relate to your career interests?
• Who wants you to attend grad school?
• How do you intend to pay for grad school?
• What will attending grad school do for you?

2. Research schools. Peterson’s is a great resource as are the other links under the Graduate Schools and Professional Schools sections below.

3. Once you’ve done some initial research and narrowed your list down to a realistic number of schools, find out as much as you can about each school by: emailing 1-2 professors at each school with whom you would potentially like to work, making sure that your interests align with the research interests of at least 2-3 faculty at that program, talking to current students and/or recent alumni of that program, talking to professors here at Centre about their associations with that school, and visiting the school.

4. Determine which graduate admissions exam (GRE, LSAT, etc) you need to take and register for that exam. Be sure to allow plenty of time to study beforehand. Some exams (like the GRE) have free study materials on their web site. 

5. Make your application as strong as it possibly can be. Ask professors or others early on to write letters of recommendation for you, and be sure to give them a copy of your resume and any other information they request. If feasible, contact your graduate program to ask if they have certain issues they like addressed or a certain format in which they prefer letters to be written. Write a strong personal statement and have numerous people (faculty, CCPD, parents, friends) review it for you. Download information on what to include in your personal statement and click here for online samples.

Graduate School Resources

Peterson’s Graduate Schools and Programs
Searchable database of programs and university profiles. This is THE best site for locating and researching graduate schools. 

GradSchools.com
Worldwide directory of graduate school programs. 

The Princeton Review
Find graduate schools and get information on graduate exams, scholarships and financial aid, and more. 

U.S. News & World Report
Get the latest rankings and up-to-date articles by field of study. 

Business School 

GraduateSchools.com Business Programs
Search for MBA and Business graduate programs in a wide area of concentrations. 

MBA.com
Get information on MBA careers and find MBA programs. 

The Princeton Review: Business
Find MBA programs and get information about the admissions process. 

U.S. News & World Report
Get business school rankings and up-to-date admission and career-related articles. 

Law School 

American Bar Association
Search for ABA-approved law schools. 

Internet Legal Resource Guide
Thomas E. Brennan’s law school rankings. 

Law School Admission Council
Law School Admission Council site dedicated to the law profession. Search for law schools, get information on the LSDAS and the application process, plus much more. 

Law School Numbers
Research and social networking tool for prospective law school applicants. 

The Princeton Review: Law
Find law schools and get information about the admissions process. 

U.S. News & World Report
Get law school rankings and up-to-date career and admissions articles. 

Medical School 

Association of American Medical Colleges
Find accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada. 

AAMC for students
Everything you need to prepare for medical school: advice on choosing a medical school, applying, interviewing and more! 

Multiple Mini Interview
Prepare for the medical school “multiple mini interview.” 

Student Doctor Network
Numerous resources for students considering medical school, including information and feedback from medical school interviews. 

The Princeton Review: Medical
Find medical schools, get information about the admissions process, and more. 

U.S. News & World Report
Get medical school rankings and up-to-date career and admissions articles. 

Dental School 

American Dental Association: Careers
Information on careers in dentistry. 

Dental School Interview Feedback
Get interview feedback from those who have gone through dental school interviews. 

Veterinary School 

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Find veterinary medical schools in the U.S. and Canada and get information on careers in veterinary medicine. 

AAMC: Financing Your Medical Education
Options to fund medical school including information on loan forgiveness. 

American Association of University Women
Information on fellowships, grants, and financial awards. 

FastWeb
Your free online guide to scholarship searching. 

Fellowships & Scholarships
Graduate fellowships and scholarships listed on the Centre College website. 

Peterson’s Graduate Scholarships
Information on scholarships for graduate students. 

Educational Testing Service
Test preparation for the GRE, PRAXIS and TOEFL. 

GRE PowerPrep II
Free practice tests written by ETS. 

Crushing the GRE
Information about the GRE, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources. 

Grad School First Stop: GMAT Guide
Information about the GMAT, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources. 

How to Study for the GRE
Basic information about the GRE, how it is organized, and links to further resources. 

Kaplan
Test preparation information and resources for a variety of graduate fields and exams. 

Law School First Stop: LSAT Guide
Information about the LSAT, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources. 

Magoosh
Provides test preparation resources for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and Praxis. 

Peterson’s
Information on taking the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT and others. 

The Princeton Review
Graduate exam resources (for multiple exams) and course information.