Is Graduate School for you?
There are many reasons to consider pursuing advanced education after finishing your undergraduate degree including:
- A requirement of a profession (medicine, psychology)
- To advance in your career and increase marketability
- An interest to specialize in a subject of personal or professional interest
Before committing to graduate school, it’s recommended that you talk to Career Services to discuss your plans. We can assist you with all aspects of the graduate school selection and application process. We also host an annual fall Graduate School Fair so that you can meet admissions counselors from more than thirty graduate programs.
6th Annual Graduate School Fair
Monday, October 6, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Open to NDC students and alumni
Graduate School Application Timeline
- Decide which fields interest you and then start looking for programs and schools that match your interests. Visit the campus if possible.
- Investigate what kind of financial aid options will be available to you including grants, loans, and assistantships.
- Prepare for entrance exams and schedule them.
- Request application materials from prospective graduate schools.
- Keep your grades up! Take courses that are relevant to your field of study.
- Consider who you would ask to be references or to write letters of recommendation. Discuss your goals with your references. Keep in contact by email or phone.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your graduate study goals.
Summer before Senior Year:
- Complete an internship and/or research project. Volunteer experiences are beneficial too.
- Read information from each school and review each application carefully. Note deadlines and requirements. Choose which ones you are going to apply to.
- Fill out your applications and begin working on personal statements.
- Take any entrance exams that are required to apply to each school.
- Schedule an appointment or interview at potential graduate schools, if necessary.
- Update your resume. Take it to the Career Services Center to be reviewed.
Senior Year (fall):
- Obtain any last minute application materials from schools you have selected. Identify deadlines and requirements. Line up references.
- Request your transcripts to be sent to the graduate schools that you are applying to.
- Evaluate each schools financial aid processes and pursue financial assistance opportunities.
- Evaluate the schools and determine which ones you will apply to. Visit the schools; meet with a counselor or graduate student in your prospective program.
- Submit application materials before the deadline. Check with the schools to make sure they received all of your information on time.
Spring of Senior Year:
- Review acceptance letters and notify each school of your decisions to attend or decline acceptance.
- Inform your references of your progress and decision.
- Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Respond to financial aid opportunities that have been offered to you.
- Send your final transcripts after graduation.
- Finalize enrollment and attend orientation sessions and consider residence options.