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Making It into a Top Graduate School 10 Steps to Successful Graduate School Admission

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ISBN-10: 0060934581

ISBN-13: 9780060934583

Edition: 2001

Authors: Howard R. Greene, Matthew West Greene

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Howard and Mathew West Greene here provide a guide on how to make it into a top graduate school in the United States.
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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Trends in Graduate Studies
Women and Graduate Education
An Older Population of Students
The Financial Rewards of a Graduate Degree
Rapid Changes in Our Society
Graduate Studies: A New Kind of Challenge
Sources of Confusion
Personal Factors to Consider
Do What You Are Best Suited For
Your Undergraduate Studies
Questions to Be Asked
The Meaning of Graduate Education
The Many Paths to Graduate School
Four Basic Reasons to Go to Graduate School
Choosing the Right Program Is Critical
Graduate School Is So Different from College
The Ten Steps to Graduate School
The Successful Student Case Studies We Discuss in This Book
Identify Yourself
The First Consideration: What Is Your Field of Interest?
The Graduate School Questionnaire
Why Are You Considering Graduate School?
What Are Your Eventual Goals?
What Are the Key Characteristics You Hope to Find in a Graduate School?
Evaluating a Program's Academic Quality
The Role of the Internship
Program Content
Facilities
Endowment, Endowment, Endowment
Living or Working Conditions
Placement and Counseling Services
Other Important Characteristics
Questions 3-7 of the Graduate School Questionnaire
Assessing Yourself: Questions 8 and 9
Your Academic Record
An Honest Self-Portrait
Step One Checklist
Understand Graduate Education and Admissions
The Character of Graduate Education
The Differences between Academic Graduate Programs and Professional Graduate Programs
Don't Fight the System
Whither the Doctoral Student
How Prestigious Graduate Programs Can Shape Your Future
Finding Yourself at Any Stage or Age
Take Time to Understand What Graduate Education Is All About
Step Two Checklist
Explore the Many Program and Career Options
The Graduate Program Universe
Law School
The Starting Point: Why Law School?
The Top 25 Law Schools, Trends in Legal Education
Who Gets in Where?
Study That School Profile
Of Minorities and Women
Summing Up
Business School
A Word of Caution
The Top 25 Business Schools
What Good Is an MBA?
The Growth of the Part-Time Student
Ensuring Your Admission
Minorities and Women Sought
Who Gets In?
Summing Up
Medical School
Trends
Admission Is Still a Challenge
Six Preparatory Procedures
Study Medical School Admission Requirements
Enroll in a Respected Undergraduate College
Take Advanced Math, Computer, and Psychology Courses
Cultivate Your Premed Advisor
Apply to at Least 10 Medical Schools of Varying Selectivity
Prepare an Alternative Plan for Meeting Your Career Goal
Explore Postbaccalaureate Programs as an Option
Summing Up
Other Graduate School Options: Hunt Down Those Programs
Ministry, the Elusive Calling
For Those Interested in Journalism and Communications
A Career in Words and Ideas
Engineering and Computer Science Offer Many Choices
The Many Careers in Education
Where to Look for Program Options
Concluding the Exploration
Step Three Checklist
Determine Your Academic Qualifications
How Good Is Your Bachelor's Degree?
Undergraduate Curricula for Candidates in Medicine and Allied Health Fields
The Myth of a Prelaw Curriculum
Undergraduate Curricula for Candidates for Business Administration Programs
Undergraduate Curricula for Candidates to Other Graduate Schools
Engineering Programs
Science Programs
Nonscience Graduate Programs
It's the Degree, Not the College, That Counts
Ways to Beat the Competition
Step Four Checklist
Prepare for Graduate School Tests
The Importance of the Tests
The Importance of Test Preparation
How Preparation Pays Off
The Rationale behind the Tests
Summaries of the Major Entrance Tests
How to Prepare for Graduate Tests
Getting Information about a Test
Getting Help in Preparing
Some Test-Taking Tips
A New Age: Computer-Adaptive Tests
If You Have a Disability
Think of the Tests as a New and Rewarding Experience
Step Five Checklist
Write Strong Personal Statements
The Significance of Personal Statements
There Are Many Marginal Candidates
Essays for Graduate School Differ from College Admissions Essays
Revise, Revise, Revise
Work on the Lead
Aiming for Clear Expression
A Powerful Personal Statement
Step Six Checklist
Make Your Nonacademic Experience Meaningful
The Changing Applicant Pool
The Varieties of Life Experience
An Impressive Resume Can Make a Difference
Making the Most of Your Summers
Further Examples of Useful Experience
Writing Up Your Experience Persuasively
Summing Up the Experience Step
Step Seven Checklist
Market Your Strengths
The Self-Marketing Concept in Admissions
Don't Be Overly Modest
Making a Class Pie Chart
Finding Your Own Special Slice of the Pie
Finding Your Combination of Slices
What Makes You Different?
Identifying Your Particular Strengths
How to Market Your Strengths
Marketing Your Passion
Self-Marketing for Liberal Arts and Science Graduate Programs
Self-Marketing Can Only Help
Step Eight Checklist
Examine the Many Ways to Finance Graduate Education
Graduate School Is Costly but Feasible
The Graduate Financial Aid System
For Financial Reasons, Apply to Two Tiers of Selectivity
The Many Ways to Finance Graduate Education
Using Today's Smart Tool--The Internet
Search for the Right Fellowship
The Federal Work-Study Program
Borrowing for Your Education
Coping with Loans
It Can Be Done
A Summary of the Steps to Take in Applying for Financial Aid
Step Nine Checklist
Complete the Admissions Process Scrupulously
The Application Is You
How Application Forms May Differ
Length of Essay Questions
The Number of Application Items
How Many Applications Should You File?
Remember to Budget Both Money and Time
The Question of Interviews
Visits to Graduate Schools Are Optional
The Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process
Acceptance Means Choices
Visiting Graduate Programs after You've Been Accepted
Negotiating Your Financial Aid Offer
Deciding among Offers of Admission
About Rejection and a Second Chance
Step Ten Checklist
Graduate School Organizations and Website Addresses
Bibliography