- Do I know how graduate or professional school will help me in my professional path?
- Am I specific and clear in the type of programs I want/need? for the next 2-5 years?
- For my industry is graduate/professional school advised right after undergraduate or to work professionally for a few years first?
- Do I have the financial resources I need?
- Am I ready to continue my education?
- Why you shouldn’t go to graduate school
If you answer “no” to any of these questions, consider consulting with a professional career center staff member before investing considerable time, money and energy into applying to graduate and professional programs.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, consult with a career center staff member to assist you with the application journey!
Search for Programs:
- Check out mygraduateschool.com for terrific advice on all related topics, searching, applying, personal statements, financing, U.S. and international schools.
- Collegesource.org can help you identify graduate programs at various colleges.
- Petersen’s Guides to Graduate School also lists graduate programs by discipline. You can find this year’s guides in the Career Center. Just drop-in when we’re open (M-F, 8:30a.m.-12p.m. & 1p.m.-4:30p.m.).
- Talk to faculty in the area of your interest. They can help guide you to programs to best fit your interests.
Graduate School Fairs early October:
- University of Illnois, Urbana-Champaign
- University of Illinois, Chicago
- Idealist.org, held at UIC
- Questions to ask at a graduate school fair
- When you begin depends on the program: spring junior year, summer, or early fall of senior year.
- Prepare for/take relevant tests; GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT Request letters of recommendation from faculty and internship supervisor. Six weeks prior to application deadline, give letter writers
- List of schools/programs
- Unofficial transcript
- Your updated resume
- Draft of personal statement
- Write personal statement, take it to the Writing Center, and solicit feedback either from faculty or career center staff
- Personal Statement helpful resources: petersons.com, gradschool.about.com, accepted.com
- Contact every program to ensure your application is complete.
- Consult with the career center staff and/or your faculty for additional guidance.
- Write thank you letters to your recommenders, and inform them of the outcomes.