Deciding to pursue graduate or professional schooling after completing your undergraduate degree involves a significant commitment of your time, money, and energy, but can also be very rewarding and, in some cases, a requirement of your career path. For example, if you wish to be a doctor, or a professor, it is certain you'll need to complete medical school or pursue an advanced degree so that you may teach in a subject area. To make the best decision about graduate school, undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consider their level of interest, engagement in a particular area of study, and long-term career plans to ensure the selection of the best possible program.
As you consider programs, get advice from faculty in your discipline and check websites for information on schools offering degrees in your field. The Career Development Center encourages you to use our alumni network powered by LinkedIn.com to gain access to alumni who have volunteered to provide career advice to undergraduates. Many have completed graduate school and are in a position to answer questions you may have. Learn more about our alumni group by visiting our page on Networking. You should also consider the following as you make your determination: reputation of faculty; department strengths or biases related to your career goals; prestige of institution; facilities; available financial aid; success of graduate employment; and geographic location and other factors of personal importance. For more information, read our online Guide to Pursue an Alternate Path - Graduate School.
In addition, review the following pages to help you with the graduate school decision-making and application processes: