Choosing a Graduate School

There are several steps that you can take to help you choose the right graduate school for you:

  • Visit the institutions that you are the most interested in attending. 
  • Attend and observe classes if possible, meet with faculty and students, and ask questions of those with whom you meet. Current students at a number of schools have volunteered their time to answer questions over the phone or through e-mail.  This is an opportunity to ask questions and opinions of current students about the programs and the environment of the institutions. 
  • Research the faculty at the institutions because their research and interests will generally comprise the curriculum for many courses.  This research will help you to determine if the programs at the particular institutions are a good fit for you. 
  • Financial aid can be a deciding factor for choosing one school over another. Negotiation may be useful in this situation.  At many institutions, it is possible to use your financial aid package from another institution as leverage to renegotiate aid.  If financial reasons prohibit or limit your ability to visit schools, check for upcoming information sessions.  Representatives from many schools travel throughout the country to talk with prospective students.

Additional Graduate School Resources 

Finding the Right Graduate School
Provides sites to help you find the right graduate school. is the leading online resource for graduate school. You can use this site to find your ideal program by searching by subject, location and even school.

Graduate Guide 
Graduate Guide continues to serve the high school community as a comprehensive resource of colleges and schools.
The website features in-depth graduate and professional school profiles with information about programs of study, degree requirements, facilities, expenses, financial aid, faculty research and much more.

Grad Source
Search for graduate schools in the USA & Canada offering grad programs in masters & doctoral (PhD) degrees in business & management, engineering & technology, computer science & information technology, nursing, health, psychology & naturopathic medicine, public affairs & administration, teacher education, sciences, the arts & more.

Peterson's Education Center
Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, Web sites, online products, and admissions services. Peterson's reaches millions of consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration.

The Francis A. Drexel Library at SJU also has a subscription to the Peterson's Annual Guide to Graduate Study as well as the MBA Programs Guide.

Princeton Review
The Princeton Review helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of their educational careers. By focusing on preparation and practice, they help students improve their performance in the classroom and on standardized tests

US News Education
Provides a ranking of America's best graduate schools.