Career Counselors can help you focus on appropriate graduate and professional school programs to help you achieve your career goals. The Career Resource Center has Graduate and Professional School Directories and guides to the various Master's, Doctoral, Business, Law, and Medical programs in New York State and around the country. Career Workshops are offered to develop "Interview Techniques" monthly, and mock interviews are available by appointment, to help you prepare for the graduate or professional school interview. Special programs are held for Pre-Med and Pre-Law students.
Graduate School Timetable
You should begin the application process no later than the summer before your senior year of college or at least a year before you plan to start graduate school. Many students who have had graduate school in mind for most of their undergraduate careers start much earlier. This timetable is approximate, but it offers an idea of the steps you must think about and, roughly, when you must complete each step. As you refine your own timeline, then, carefully examine each application for deadlines. Graduate schools may vary significantly. Keep your timeline updated and follow it.
· Write a draft statement of purpose/personal statement.
· Start browsing through guides to graduate programs and college catalogs.
· Meet with faculty members that you know to discuss your personal statement and learn about possible programs.
· Ask for letters of recommendation.
· Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process.
· Sign up for required standardized tests.
· Take standardized tests.
· Determine the schools to which you plan to apply, and request application materials.
· Finish your timeline based on each institution's deadline and financial aid deadlines.
· Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each application's specific needs.
· Order transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (If fall term grades are expected, then check with staff in the registrar's office to see if a transcript including fall term grades can be sent in time to meet the deadlines of programs to which you are applying).
· Complete application forms (First, do a draft on a photocopy of the form).
· Give your recommenders all the information that they will need to write recommendations for you for each of your application schools.
· Mail applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good to get the applications in early.
· Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible.
· If you are applying for need based financial aid programs, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax return.
www.petersons.com - an excellent general resource covering test-preparation and other graduate education information.
GRE - Graduate Record Examination - by Educational Testing Service (E.T.S) - Commonly used in graudate school admissions. www.gre.org
GMAT - Graduate Management Admissions Test ( by E.T.S.) - used in graduate business and management programs admissions. www.mba.com
LSAT - Law School Admissions Test - (by the Law School Admissions Council) www.lsac.org
MCAT - Medical College Admissions Test (by the American Association of Medical Colleges) - Medical schools admissions test. www.aamc.org
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (by E.T.S) - used to test English proficiency in foreign applicants. www.toefl.org
MAT - Miller Analogies Test - (by The Psychological Corporation) - used by many universities and graduate programs in their application process. www.psychcorp.com
www.fafsa.edu.gov -FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
www.petersons.com - College search, test prep and financial aid
www.compact.org/national/loan_forgiveness - Information on Student Loan Forgiveness
www.salliemae.com/ - Information on student loans, grants, and scholarships
www.finaid.com - a student guide to financial aid, with information on scholarships, loans, grants, savings, and military aid programs
www.collegeexpress.com - College, scholarship, and loan search
www.college-scholarships.com - Offers links and searches for scholarship information
www.collegeboard.com - Planning for college, taking tests, finding and getting in and paying for college
www.scholarship-page.com - Links to scholarships
www.gocollege.com - Find a college, scholarship search, online practice tests and online guidance counselor.
www.collegescholarships.com - Listing free college scholarship information monthly, since 1995
www.absolutelyscholarships.com - Makes finding free money for school easy
www.scholarships.com - Scholarship search, scholarships by category, financial aid and education loans
www.free-4u.com/minority.htm - Scholarship information, including specialized information for minority students
www.mcca.com/scholarships.htm - Offers links to minority scholarship sites
www.gradschools.com/info/financial.html - Includes links to various scholarships sites, including specialized sites for grants, minority students and books
www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/dollars/dshome.htm - Information and interactive tools on how to save and pay for college