Academic Resources

Graduate School and Continuing Studies Preparation

Your professors, the Career Center and the Academic Resource Center (ARC) all provide valuable guidance for graduate school and continuing studies.

Faculty and academic departments can often connect you with discipline-specific information on graduate schools for your field of interest. ICD guidance includes help assessing your goals for graduate and continuing studies, as well as information on graduate school exams, including those for law school, medical school, business school and other graduate school programs. ARC specialists provide individual guidance on the process of applying for post-graduate programs, including tools to help you identify programs, develop effective personal statements and gain a better understanding of the basic demands of graduate school exams.

For more information, contact the Career Center or the Academic Resource Center. If you plan to go to graduate school directly after earning your undergraduate degree, plan to begin your graduate school search during the spring semester of your junior year.

Graduate School Research

GradSchools.com is the leading online resource for graduate school. Search by subject, location and even school, or target your search through sections designed specifically for MBA and business programs, international programs, distance and online programs, and a section that helps guide students from under-represented groups.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, updated annually by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides valuable and up-to-date information on a variety of professions, including job outlook, educational requirements, median pay, job description, and similar occupations.

Peterson's Guide provides comprehensive information and tools to find, get in, and pay for graduate school.

U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools - U.S. News analyzed more than 12,000 graduate programs to bring you this year's rankings. Select a discipline for access to our top program rankings.

 Accepted.com helps you through the application process, providing one-on-one mentoring combined with the breadth and depth of a larger company.

The Princeton Review and Kaplan focus on preparation and practice to help students improve their performance on standardized tests for graduate school.

Entrance Exams

The Graduate Record Examination General Test scores are used by graduate programs and business schools to evaluate your readiness for graduate-level work. The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment, delivered in English, that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) provides admission-related services for legal education institutions and their applicants throughout the world. LSAC administers The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), a half-day, standardized test that is an integral part of the law school admission. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. Medical colleges consider MCAT exam scores as part of their admission process. Almost all medical colleges require applicants to submit MCAT scores and many do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.