Considering graduate school?

Should I go directly in to graduate school upon graduation, or should I take some time off first?

There are good arguments for going directly into graduate school upon graduation:

“I am in the routine of studying and being a student”
“The transition to graduate school will be much easier”

But there’re also good reasons for taking some time off first:

“I will be more mature and focused”
“I will have work experience as well as a better idea of exactly what I want to do”

Be honest with yourself and answer these questions:

“Am I avoiding the real world and trying to find a job?”
“Am I really focused on and committed to this graduate program?”
“Should anyone else be involved in this decision-making process? How will they be affected by my decision?”

Have you done your homework by researching graduate schools and programs?

Seek advice and counsel from your advisor and professors
Check graduate school websites for the most detailed, up-to-date information for your fields of interest

Make sure you research the following:

Application process and requirements
Costs and fees
Financial Aid (sources and deadlines)
Graduate Assistantships (availability and application deadlines)

What is the required entrance exam for this specific graduate program?

KAPLAN graduate school practice tests are offered at least once each semester at no cost to you
Contact Career Services for more details and study materials

Where can I find colleges and universities that offer accredited graduate programs that interest me?

Graduate Guide
Petersons: Grad School Finder

How am I going to pay for graduate school?

These scholarship websites can help you find graduate school funding. Make sure you thoroughly read all information included on the sites, and discuss them with an academic advisor.

Petersons: Grad School Scholarship Search
Grad Fellowships (Fastomei)
SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
FoundationCenter: Grants
TRIALS (Law School Admissions)
The Rhodes Scholarships
The Truman Scholarship Foundation
Fulbright Programs
Marshall Scholarship (Study in U.K.)