Graduate School

Is graduate school right for me? Ask yourself these questions, because graduate school is different than your undergraduate experience.

Consider these points:

  • Graduate work requires a larger work commitment in time, labor, and intellectual vigor.
  • Is it worth it? It's expensive! Evaluate your return on your investment.
  • The admission process can take as long as six to nine months.
  • Top programs may require applying a year in advance.
  • Your program may have additional admission requirements & earlier deadlines.
  • Identify 3 - 5 potential schools that meet your career goals.
  • Do you know your career goals?

Graduate School Process

  1. Assess: Does graduate school meets your goals?
  2. Research Programs: Look into several graduate schools & programs.
  3. Study & Take the Entrance Exam (if needed): Determine what graduate school entrance exam you need for admission, if any.
  4. Prepare Application Materials: Write your statement of purpose, resume or CV, fill out the application, get a copy of your official transcripts, and have them reviewed/edited by several professionals.
  5. Gather Letters of Recommendation: Typically you'll need 2-3 references.
  6. Apply: Pay application fees and meet deadlines--typically between October - February prior to your start date.  All materials & test scores must be turned in by the deadline.
  7. Visit Schools: Meet faculty & current graduate students, check out facilities & location.
  8. Decide!  Pick the best school & offer for your career goals.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Tips

  1. Do I need the test?Identify if the GRE is an admission requirement first.
  2. Local test locations: GRE General paper or online tests are not offered at Fort Lewis College. The closest location for the GRE either test is San Juan College at Farmington, New Mexico. Call 505-566-3139 for more information.
  3. GRE Fees & Registration: General test cost $205.  See the ETS GRE website for additional fees, subject tests, and registration.
  4. Test Preparation: Give yourself a minimum of 3 months to study!  Study tools include free practice tests, online manuals, online prep courses for GMAT, LSAT & GRE, and books available for check out from the Career Services Offices.  Create your own study group!?!
  5. Scoring: New GRE range is 130-170 for both verbal and quantitative sections and 0-6 for analytical section.  Scores are good for 5 years.

Other Graduate School Entrance Tests

  • Business School: GMAT- Graduate Management Admission Test
  • Medical School: MCAT- Medical College Admission Test
  • Law School:LSAT - Law School Admission Test.Next LSAT testing date at FLC.
  • Dental School: DAT - Dental Admission Test
  • Optometry School:OAT - Optometry Admission Test
  • Pharmacy School: PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test

Graduate School Resources & Tools

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