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Step 1: reFlect

career GoalS: What are your goals? Does your field require an advanced degree? Meet with a Career Advisor to discuss how your career and academic goals align Conduct informational interviews via Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK), experience: Have you completed an internship or worked in your chosen field? Search for job & internship listings coSt: Do you have the resources to pay for graduate school? Meet with a Financial Fitness advisor to review your current debt and discuss plans to pay for graduate school timinG: Is this the right time in my life for graduate school? Identify contacts to help you learn whats expected of candidates and how to increase your competitiveness Take the Am I Ready For Grad School? Quiz on Attend the Is Graduate School Right for Me? workshop

Step 2: reSearch
inStitutionS, proGramS and concentrationS: Conduct online searches via school websites and general sites like Consider: - Academic prerequisites - Concentrations - Size of school - Curriculum and course load - Networking opportunities - Advising services - Placement rate of graduates - Assistantships or fellowships - School/program reputation Attend graduate school open houses and fairs Contact and potentially visit schools coStS and FinancinG optionS: Calculate the full cost of attendance for degree completion, including tuition, fees and cost-of-living expenses. Research assistantships, fellowships, loans, and grants via school websites, and, and Attend Financial Fitness workshops to learn about options for paying for school

Graduate School roadmap

Step 3: apply
Standardized examS: Create a study plan for any standardized exams necessary for admission. application requirementS: Check deadlines, requirements, and application fees for each school. Get your personal statement reviewed by the University Center for Writing-based Learning Have your resume reviewed by a Peer Career Advisor Carefully select and invite professionals who can write recommendation letters Financial aid: Complete your FAFSA,, and any other grant, scholarship, or graduate assistantship applications for which you are qualified

Step 4: evaluate
SelectinG a School: If you are accepted to multiple schools, make simple comparisons to help decide on a program. Rank schools according to categories of importance such as prestige, concentrations, research opportunities, and faculty areas of expertise Compare and contrast school cultures, environments, and locations Compare financial aid and funding packages, as well as total costs versus future earning potential rejection and alternate optionS: If you arent accepted into your school of choice, consult with mentors, career specialists, and other advisors about your next steps and graduate school alternatives.
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