Career Development


Other Things to Consider

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So you have narrowed your search down to just a few institutions. In the midst of all the stress and excitement, it is important to not forget to take a step back from the whole process and look at the institution objectively. Aside from just the academic programs and research facilities, would you even enjoy attending an institution in a major city? How about the cost? Do they offer well-compensated graduate assistantships? Is there a political climate on campus that clashes with your beliefs and values? Often overlooked, these are some factors that may seem inconsequential now, but may cause you to leave the institution a few months into your studies when they become overbearing. Below is a list of things to consider when making your final decision on furthering your education.

Things to Consider:

Location: Area of the Country
Ethos/Mission: Political Activism
Areas of Study: Program Availability
Flexibility in Changing Focus
Friends and Family: Far/Close to Home
Adequate Transportation
Faculty: Accessibility
Hirability: Companies that Hire from Institution
Local/National Companies
Alumni: Typical Work from Graduates
Educational Satisfaction
Costs: Cost of Living
Types of Financial Aid Available
Graduate Assistantships
Work-Study Programs

This is not an exhaustive list. It's purpose is to prompt additional thinking when deciding on a graduate school. If there is another general question we have not addressed, please feel free contact the Career Development Center at 724.847.6572 or For more specific questions or concerns, contact the particular institution for guidance.