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Hearing our office title, “Career Services,” you might think that our resources and services are only useful to those students who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation. This would be a misconception! Career Services has resources to support you in your graduate and professional school search and application process.
While faculty are often your primary source for support, visit Career Services for help with a professional resume/vitae, admissions testing information and study materials, assistance in preparing a timeline to manage the application process, directories of top programs, and books related to writing personal statements.
General Information and Resources – Set up an appointment to discuss application timetables, questions, concerns, and options. Stop by Career Services in Hazelrigg Student Union, call 461-7400 or email email@example.com to schedule a visit. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Internet Resources – The Internet provides detailed information on graduate schools, test preparation, the application process, writing admissions essays, and seeking financial aid. You will find links to graduate school directories below.
- Peterson’s Guides to Graduate and Professional School
- The Princeton Review
- US News and World Reports Grad School Rankings
- The Association of American Medical Colleges
- Links to Law Schools – (from the Law School Admissions Council)
- Web U.S. Universities – (Alphabetical list leading to links to US college and university home pages)
- Career Library – Graduate School Directories:
- Peterson’s Graduate & Professional Programs
- Graduate Programs in Humanities
- Graduate Programs in Psychology
- Graduate Programs in Social Sciences
- Health Professions Education Directory
- MBA Programs
- Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools
Graduate School Essays, Vitas and Applications – Career Services can provide advice on preparing vitas (an academic resume), writing essays, and completing applications. We can also serve as an extra set of eyes, proofreading and critiquing your application materials.
- Career Library – Application / Financial Aid / Success Strategies
- Getting Organized: An Outline for Managing the Graduate School Application Process
- Outline for a Curriculum Vitae
- Graduate Admissions Essays
- How to Write a Winning Personal Statement
- Essays that Will Get You into Medical School
- Perfect Personal Statements
- Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology
- Law School Survival
- Law School Without Fear
- So You Want to Be a Lawyer
- Medical School Admissions
- Internet Resources
- Accepted.com – (Contains writing tips and samples essays for business, graduate school, medical, and law school applicants; contains useful free information and additional fee-based services)
- GradSchools.Com Student Information Center – (Includes a Graduate School Application Handbook and a free online course, Application Essay Writing 101)
- Graduate School Application Essays – (Contains advice from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Writing Center on developing application essays.)
- GradView.Com – (Comprehensive site that offers tips about applying to, getting in, and surviving in graduate school; also has overview of admissions tests)
- Interview Feedback – (Great resource for students preparing to interview for medical, veterinary, dental,pharmacy, optometry, and podiatry school interviews.)
- Preparing a Vita – (From #1Resume Writing Tips and Resource Center)
- Writing Your Curriculum Vita – (Guide from About.com)
- Preparing Your Portfolio – (This site, developed by the New York Foundation for the Arts, provides articles and resources for prospective artists, including articles on art school portfolios. You must register to view the site. Use “portfolio” in the search box to find the resources, but look at the internship and job information as well.)
- FinAid – (Offers free information about financing your education, including links to FastWeb Scholarship Search, “unusual” scholarship links, and links to prestigious scholarships and fellowships.)
- Introduction to Graduate School in the Visual Arts – (Information from ArtSchools.Com)
Entrance Examinations – Many graduate and professional programs require either a general admissions examination or an examination for the specific disciple. Following are links to the web sites of the test publishers. Sites usually contain information about registration, exam content, format, and preparation. Link to a detailed summary of this year’s testing calendar as it relates to Hastings College here.
- GRE On-Line
Arts & Science Programs
Arts & Sciences
- College Resources – Faculty often offer suggestions or study sessions for preparing to sit for graduate and professional school admissions examinations. Talk to your advisor or to Career Services about potential test prep opportunities.
- Learning Express Library – HC’s Perkins Library offers this online database that provides online practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and PPST. Tutorial courses are available for improvement of math, writing, and reading skills. You can register as a new user on any campus computer.
- Career Library Resources – You may check out test preparation books from Career Services in Hazelrigg Student Union. Materials are available for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, PCAT, GRE-Biology, GRE-Chemistry, GRE-English in Literature, GRE-Psychology, and the Miller Analogy Test.