If you are interested in a career in academia, law, medicine, or one of many other professions requiring a post-graduate degree, you should schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to learn more about how to prepare for graduate school. Whittier offers pre-professional programs in health, physical therapy, and pre-law. In addition, our office organizes an annual Graduate and Professional School Fair that takes place in the Fall and is open to all interested students.
Begin your graduate school search by researching the various graduate degrees, programs and professional schools available. The following links can help familiarize you with the programs and admission processes of different schools:
Find the Graduate School That’s Right for You
The Princeton Review
US News Best Graduate Schools
GRE Review Course
Once you have determined the admissions requirements for the type of graduate program that interests you, it is time to look at requisite admission exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Be sure to register for these exams in advance and research successful strategies for admission exam preparation.
Practice exams are offered on campus twice a year through the Princeton Review. Contact the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development for more information.
Financing a Graduate Education
Finally, you need to consider the cost of graduate school and how you will pay for it. Financial support for graduate study can be obtained with thorough research and persistence. The university to which you are applying will have its own resources and procedures for financial aid, so the best start would be to write to your prospective university’s financial aid office about assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships, as well as work-study, student loans, and other assistance options. Be sure to ask about required paperwork and deadline dates.
Along with financial aid graduate students can also apply for grants and fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, and subsidized loans. To learn more about these and other aid opportunities for graduate school, check out the following links:
Whittier College's Active Fellowship Database
College Financial Aid – Peterson’s
Applying to Graduate Programs
The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development can help you prepare your application materials. We can review resumes, cover letters, statements of purpose, and required graduate school essays. We can also coach you with a graduate school mock interview to teach you how to better sell yourself to prospective programs.
Also, read more here about requesting letters of recommendation.
Click here for the Graduate School timeline.