Considering attending graduate or professional school?

1. First, answer these questions (download) to determine if graduate school is right for you and if this is the best time for you to attend.
2.Research schools. Peterson’s is a great resource as are the other links under the Graduate Schools and Professional Schools sections below.
3. Once you’ve done some initial research and narrowed your list down to a realistic number of schools, find out as much as you can about each school by: emailing 1-2 professors at each school with whom you would potentially like to work, making sure that your interests align with the research interests of at least 2-3 faculty at that program, talking to current students and/or recent alumni of that program, talking to professors here at Centre about their associations with that school, and visiting the school.
4. Determine which graduate admissions exam (GRE, LSAT, etc) you need to take and register for that exam. Be sure to allow plenty of time to study beforehand. Some exams (like the GRE) have free study materials on their web site. 
5. Make your application as strong as it possibly can be. Ask professors or others early on to write letters of recommendation for you, and be sure to give them a copy of your resume and any other information they request. If feasible, contact your graduate program to ask if they have certain issues they like addressed or a certain format in which they prefer letters to be written. Write a strong personal statement and have numerous people (faculty, CCPD, parents, friends) review it for you. Click here (download) for information on what to include in your personal statement and click here for online samples.

Applying to graduate school can be overwhelming—don’t be afraid to contact the Center for Career & Professional Development, a professor, or your academic advisor for guidance.

Graduate Schools

Peterson’s Graduate Schools and Programs. Searchable database of programs and university profiles. This is THE best site for locating and researching graduate schools. Worldwide directory of graduate school programs.

The Princeton Review. Find graduate schools and get information on graduate exams, scholarships and financial aid, and more.

U.S. News & World Report. Get the latest rankings and up-to-date articles by field of study.

Professional Schools

Business School Business Programs. Search for MBA and Business graduate programs in a wide area of concentrations. Get information on MBA careers and find MBA programs.

The Princeton Review: Business. Find MBA programs and get information about the admissions process.

U.S. News & World Report. Get business school rankings and up-to-date admission and career-related articles.

Law School

American Bar Association. Search for ABA-approved law schools.

Internet Legal Resource Guide. Thomas E. Brennan’s law school rankings.

Law School Admission Council. Law School Admission Council site dedicated to the law profession. Search for law schools, get information on the LSDAS and the application process, plus much more.

Law School Numbers. Research and social networking tool for prospective law school applicants.

The Princeton Review: Law. Find law schools and get information about the admissions process.

U.S. News & World Report. Get law school rankings and up-to-date career and admissions articles.

Medical School

Association of American Medical Colleges. Find accredited medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

AAMC for students. Everything you need to prepare for medical school: advice on choosing a medical school, applying, interviewing and more!

Multiple Mini Interview. Prepare for the medical school “multiple mini interview.”

Student Doctor Network. Numerous resources for students considering medical school, including information and feedback from medical school interviews.

The Princeton Review: Medical. Find medical schools, get information about the admissions process, and more.

U.S. News & World Report. Get medical school rankings and up-to-date career and admissions articles.

Dental School

American Dental Association: Careers. Information on careers in dentistry.

Dental School Interview Feedback. Get interview feedback from those who have gone through dental school interviews.

Veterinary School

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Find veterinary medical schools in the U.S. and Canada and get information on careers in veterinary medicine.

Financial Aid

AAMC: Financing Your Medical Education. Options to fund medical school including information on loan forgiveness.

American Association of University Women. Information on fellowships, grants, and financial awards.

FastWeb. Your free online guide to scholarship searching.

Fellowships & Scholarships. Graduate fellowships and scholarships listed on the Centre College website.

Peterson’s Graduate Scholarships. Information on scholarships for graduate students.

Graduate Exams

Test Preparation

Educational Testing Service. Test preparation for the GRE, PRAXIS and TOEFL.

GRE PowerPrep II. Free practice tests written by ETS.

Crushing the GRE. Information about the GRE, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources.

Grad School First Stop: GMAT Guide. Information about the GMAT, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources.

How to Study for the GRE. Basic information about the GRE, how it is organized, and links to further resources.

Kaplan. Test preparation information and resources for a variety of graduate fields and exams.

Law School First Stop: LSAT Guide. Information about the LSAT, how it is organized, study tips, and links to further resources.

Magoosh. Provides test preparation resources for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and Praxis.

Peterson’s. Information on taking the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT and others.

The Princeton Review. Graduate exam resources (for multiple exams) and course information.