Going to Graduate School


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Should You Go to Graduate School?
New College CCE presentation, November 2010

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Going to Graduate School

  1. 1. <ul><li>Graduate school is NOT the next logical step for everyone nor is it something to do while the economy rebounds. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Five Questions to Ask Yourself <ul><li>1. Are your career goals focused? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Are you competitive for admission? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Are you financially able to go? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Do you want to handle the workload? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Will it make you more employable? </li></ul><ul><li>If you answer ‘No’ to any of these questions, come see us! </li></ul>
  3. 3. How NOT to Choose a Program <ul><li>Place X has a famous professor you absolutely have to work with </li></ul><ul><li>Dig out on the Internet some ancient rankings of graduate departments (possibly scanned from clay tablets), and don't check what methodology was actually used to make these rankings, or if these rankings have anything to do with the strength of the graduate program and the probability of your success; </li></ul><ul><li>Your mother told you to choose Z; </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for advice on the Internet from a bunch of people you have never met, and whose real names you don't even know; </li></ul><ul><li>You want to spend a lot of time surfing (or skiing or rock climbing) while being a graduate student; </li></ul><ul><li>The department was a bit old, but the weather was really good when you visited. </li></ul>Adapted from http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~kstanek/howgrad.html
  4. 4. Graduate School <ul><li>Consider if you want to go for a terminal master’s degree or a PhD. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the strengths of the program? Are they what you’re looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>How is the funding? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the outcomes of students after completing the graduate program? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Law School <ul><li>Go to law school in the geographical area you want to practice in. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the same questions you would for graduate programs, with a particular eye to employability after graduation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Medical School <ul><li>Ask the same questions you would for graduate programs, with a particular eye to the academic program and the specialties offered. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider going to medical school in your home state – often, you have the best chance of admittance there. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Business School <ul><li>You are largely not encouraged to apply to business school directly after college. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be a better candidate for business school after 5-7 years of work experience. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Start studying now for the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT. </li></ul><ul><li>Because New College doesn’t have grades, greater weight is placed on these tests in your application. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The GRE <ul><li>3 section test, usually around 4 hours long. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical Writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantitative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The GRE will be changing to a computer-based test in summer 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Demystifying the GRE: November 9, HCL4, 5:30pm. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The LSAT <ul><li>Five sections, four of which are scored, plus an unscored writing sample. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading Comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logical Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administered 4-5 times per year, through LSAC. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The MCAT <ul><li>4 section test, approximately 5 hours long. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal Reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Sample </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biological Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administered approximately 20 times/year. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Applying to Graduate or Law School <ul><li>Apply to graduate and law school in the first semester of your fourth year. </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios are more important for graduate school; internships are more important for law school. Make sure you want to go before you apply! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Applying to Medical School <ul><li>Medical school applications are due the summer before your fourth year starts. </li></ul><ul><li>Get some medical experience before you apply – research experience is helpful, but working with patients makes you the strongest applicant. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply through AMCAS: www.aamc.org </li></ul>
  14. 14. We’re here for you! <ul><li>From choosing a graduate program to helping you with your applications to graduate school, come see us in the Center for Career Education with any questions. </li></ul><ul><li>PME119, Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm. </li></ul><ul><li>ncf.edu/career-education </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>