Apply to Grad School

Applying to graduate school can be overwhelming—don’t be afraid to reach out for guidance.

Tips on Deciding and Applying

1. First, answer the questions below to determine if graduate school is right for you and if this is the best time for you to attend.
• What can you do with your Bachelor’s degree?
• What career do you want to pursue? What jobs are you interested in?
• What specific education do you need for those jobs?
• What experience do you need for those jobs?
• What experiences (work/internship, activities, other) do you have that relate to your career interests?
• Who wants you to attend grad school?
• How do you intend to pay for grad school?
• What will attending grad school do for you?

2. Research schools. Peterson’s is a great resource as are the other links under the Graduate Schools and Professional Schools sections below.

3. Once you’ve done some initial research and narrowed your list down to a realistic number of schools, find out as much as you can about each school by: emailing 1-2 professors at each school with whom you would potentially like to work, making sure that your interests align with the research interests of at least 2-3 faculty at that program, talking to current students and/or recent alumni of that program, talking to professors here at Centre about their associations with that school, and visiting the school.

4. Determine which graduate admissions exam (GRE, LSAT, etc) you need to take and register for that exam. Be sure to allow plenty of time to study beforehand. Some exams (like the GRE) have free study materials on their web site. 

5. Make your application as strong as it possibly can be. Ask professors or others early on to write letters of recommendation for you, and be sure to give them a copy of your resume and any other information they request. If feasible, contact your graduate program to ask if they have certain issues they like addressed or a certain format in which they prefer letters to be written. Write a strong personal statement and have numerous people (faculty, CCPD, parents, friends) review it for you. Download information on what to include in your personal statement and click here for online samples.

Graduate School Resources

Educational Testing Service
Test preparation for the GRE and PRAXIS.

How to Study for the GRE
Basic information about the GRE, how it is organized, and links to further resources. 

AAMC: Financing Your Medical Education
Options to fund medical school including information on loan forgiveness. 

American Association of University Women
Information on fellowships, grants, and financial awards. 

Your free online guide to scholarship searching. 

Fellowships & Scholarships
Graduate fellowships and scholarships listed on the Centre College website. 

Peterson’s Graduate Scholarships
Information on scholarships for graduate students. 

Search by Area of Study or Interest

We have assembled resources on each of our Career Exploration Communities pages. Click on your area of interest below, then scroll to the graduate school resources section on that page.

Arts, Media, Entertainment  Business and Entrepreneurship Health and Medicine Law, Government and PolicyScience, Engineering, and Tech Social Impact