Researching Graduate Schools

Picking the School that is Right for You…

When starting the search for graduate programs that fit your needs, it is important to consult these references:

  • Faculty in Your Field of Interest
  • Online Resources
  • Graduate School Admission Offices
  • Professional Associations

Once you have narrowed down your list of schools (5-10 options) that suit your individual interests, it is important to research each one as it relates to your criteria. Areas to consider are:

  • Personal background
  • Cost and financial assistance
  • Satisfaction of current students
  • Location and size
  • Type of program
  • Quality of program

It is a good idea to visit the schools you are seriously considering. Annie Robertson ’00 gave the following advice about visiting graduate schools:

“Visit all the graduate schools you have been accepted to. The old saying that ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’ is very true when it comes down to deciding on a graduate program. You will receive a lot of literature from the programs you’ve been accepted to and they will all look pretty attractive on paper. But visiting the schools is a separate thing altogether. If your graduate program does not offer visit days/weekends, set up visits with professors and current graduate students on your own (admissions should know about how to do this). These are the professors you’ll be working with and who have connections in your field that will be important for your career development as you secure internships and after you graduate from the program. During and after the visit, ask yourself if the ‘fit’ is there, because if it’s not, then you may wish to keep looking.”

Resources

Below you will find a list of databases that could help you in your search for graduate programs.

Graduate School Resources

Graduate Guide

GradSchools

Peterson’s Graduate School Guide

The Princeton Review Grad Schools & Careers

U.S. News Graduate School Rankings

Accredited Schools Online: Accredited College Search Tool

Accredited Schools Online: College Accreditation Guidebook 

Law School Resources

Kalamazoo College Pre-Law Program

Law School Admission Council

Peterson’s Graduate School Guide

Business School Resources

MBA.com

Princeton Review—Business Schools & Careers

Health Professions Resources

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Dental Association

American Dental Student Association

American Medical Student Association

American Nursing Association

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Kalamazoo College Director of Health Science—Karika Parker

National Medical School Association

Student National Medical Association

Political Science & International Resources

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

The American Political Science Association