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|
|Areas of Study:||Program Availability|
Flexibility in Changing Focus
|Friends and Family:||Far/Close to Home|
|Hirability:||Companies that Hire from Institution|
|Alumni:||Typical Work from Graduates|
|Costs:||Cost of Living|
Types of Financial Aid Available
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