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When pursuing graduate school, what are some things to keep in mind and look into?

I'm in the process of compiling a list of graduate schools to apply to in the fall and would like some advice on how to narrow down the list. Right now a big thing for me is location, so I'm only looking at particular states. But I'm sure there are other things that one should keep in mind when selecting schools to apply to. Any help? #graduate-school

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Sandhya’s Answer

Hi Courtney! Great question! The process of picking a graduate school can be really overwhelming. There are lots and lots of schools out there. Location is absolutely a factor. In my opinion, the biggest factor would be what major you're picking and then looking at how the school's program is. Is the school established in that field of study? Do they have really good resources to help get you a job when you're done, like internships? Something else is cost and loan repayment. You want to make sure that when you get your job that you'll be able to pay off your loans comfortably. I also want to encourage you to go see the schools and talk to the admission staff and professors if you can. The "vibe" you get can make a big difference. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Lo’s Answer

You could consider the areas of research that the professors are doing to see if maybe one school has professors that are studying something you are more interested in in case you want to get involved in research. Cost/available scholarships/available graduate assistant positions might be worth looking at. Depending on your field there might be different accreditations...for example, my program is CACREP accredited which isn't required YET but will be so I'm glad i chose it now because it is seen as slightly more up to date. Hope this helps! Good luck to you!

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