First, take a moment to celebrate! The difficult part of connecting with people through your network and getting all of your applications together is over. The next step is picking the right program. There are a variety of factors to consider as you make your graduate school decision including finances, program quality/school reputation, program size, faculty quality, level of faculty-student interaction, student life, location. Please read below for further tips, including the Financing Graduate School blog page at the bottom.

Financing Graduate School – PhD Programs

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Direct and Indirect Costs

The direct costs of attending graduate school include tuition and fees. Students are also often required to buy themselves health insurance in order to be enrolled. Each school has different tuition and fee charges and different …

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Meredith Mira Senior Associate Director Meredith Mira
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Taking Standardized Tests for Graduate School

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Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are used in combination with your other application materials to gauge your preparation for graduate-level work. Tests may be general or subject-specific depending on the subject and program requirements. Determine which, if any, standardized tests you …

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Meredith Mira Senior Associate Director Meredith Mira
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Requesting Letters of Recommendation for Graduate School

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Letters of Recommendation

Graduate programs will commonly require 2-3 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation allow an admissions committee to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and potential from another person’s perspective. Programs may specify the type of recommendations they require, ranging …

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Meredith Mira Senior Associate Director Meredith Mira
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Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School

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Personal Statements

Preparing a well-written and effective personal statement (sometimes referred to as statements of purpose or personal essays) that clearly articulates your preparation, goals, and motivation for pursuing that specific graduate degree is critically important. You will need …

By Meredith Mira
Meredith Mira Senior Associate Director Meredith Mira
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