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  • Graduate School Exploration

    Thinking about Graduate School?

    Some helpful linked web sites: 

    Admissions Tests for Grad/Professional School: 

    Deciding on Where to Apply:

    • Professors - they know you and the quality of programs in their fields.  Talk with them.  Besides, eventually, you'll want to ask them for a letter of recommendation.  
    • Guides - refer to guides such as the Peterson's Guides, the Gourman Report, and Academic Journals in your field.  Many of these are available in our Saint Francis University Library.  
    • Internet - Many sites are available to provide information about schools and their programs.  Also check out the web sites of the individual schools of which you're interested.  And, if you have a chance, contact and visit the various schools to further help your decision.
    • Alumni - connect with graduates from Saint Francis who were in your major or maybe attended a school that you're thinking about connect with SFU alumni on LinkedIn.

    Typical materials needed for most applications include:

    • School and application fee (six months prior to applying)
    • College transcript(s) (3 months prior to applying)
    • Three letters of recommendation (3 months prior to applying)
    • Statement of goals or personal essay (3 months prior to applying)
    • GRE, GMAT, LSAT admission test scores (you must register for appropriate test at least 6 months prior to applying to graduate school)

    Information guide to financing grad school:

    • Grants, Scholarships, and fellowships (check with the school, foundations and the web)
    • Student Loans (similar process as with undergrad)
    • Research, Graduate or Teaching Assistantships. Often times these are competitive but are a great financial benefit to you.  You must apply through the school, so check on these EARLY! 
    • There are books available in the St. Francis Library and Career Services about $$ for Grad School.