Choosing the Right School

Knowing your academic goals and developing a strategy for achieving them will help as you explore programs. Thoroughly research the schools that offer programs of interest, keeping these questions in mind:

Program

  • Does the program cover my areas of interest?          
  • Are assistantships/fellowships available for students enrolled in this program?
  • Who hires the people that graduate from this program?
  • Will I grow personally and professionally from attending this program?
  • Do they have experiential education built into the program?

Faculty

  • How accessible are the faculty to students?
  • Are the professors well-known in the field?
  • What is the relationship between students and faculty?
  • Will I have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects?
  • Has there been a high turnover of faculty within the past five years?

Student Life

  • What types of services are provided for graduate/professional students?
  • Where do graduate/professional students typically live?
  • How diverse is the student population?
  • What graduate/professional student organizations exist in the department and/or on campus?
  • Is there any additional support for students with partners, spouses, and/or families?