Graduate School Web Resources
There are many great resources for graduate school research– check out these categories:
When preparing for graduate school, it is important to get started as soon as possible to find the right school and ensure the earliest admission. If you get into the school of your dreams and feel as if you need a year off, you may be able to request a delayed entrance.
Peterson’s research suggests the following year-by-year timeline:
Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
Talk to advisors about application requirements.
Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admissions tests.
Investigate national scholarships.
If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation.
Summer Before Senior Year:
Take required graduate admissions tests.
Write for application materials or request them online.
Write your application essay.
Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
For medical, dental, and law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service for most programs use.
Senior Fall Semester:
Obtain letters of recommendation.
Take graduate admissions tests if haven’t already.
Send in completed applications.
Complete applications for financial aid.
Senior Spring Semester:
Check with all institutions to make sure your file is complete.
Visit institutions that accept you.
Send deposit to institution of choice.
Notify other colleges and institutions to which you were accepted that you will not be attending.
Send thank you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters and inform them of your success.
Fastweb.com – Information on Scholarships and Colleges
Finaid.org – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
AAUW.org – American Association of University Women
CGSnet.org – Council of Graduate Schools
Gradschools.com – Directory of Graduate Schools
Kaplan.com – General Graduate School Admission Process and Information
Petersons – The Education Supersite
The Princeton Review – General Graduate School Information
U.S. News & World Report – Best Graduate School Rankings
800 Score – GMAT and GRE Test Preparation Information
ETS.org – Information on GRE and GMAT Exams
Kaplan.com – Test Preparation
The Princeton Review – General Graduate School Testing Information
GRE – The official site of the Graduate Records Examination
American Bar Association – ABA Approved Law Schools
Illinois Student Assistance Commission – Pre-Law Guides
Internet Legal Research Group – The Law School Information Index
Kaplan.com – Tests and Course Information for LAST
Law School Discussion – Pre-law Resources
Princeton Review – Free LAST Tests and Course Information
U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Schools
Bloomberg Businessweek – Business School Comparison Guide
The Online MBA – Programs and Resources for the MBA
Peterson's – MBA Program Search
Association of American Medical Colleges – Researching and Applying to Med School
Association of American Medical Colleges – MCAT Prep
Association of American Medical College Students – Resources for Prospective Med Students
Medical School Resources – Blogs and Community Resources for Med School
MedicalSchoolAdmission.com – Medical School Admission Consultants
The Princeton Review – Free MCAT Preparation
Student Doc – MCAT Resources, Financial Resources, Student Health Insurance