Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising

Pre-Graduate FAQs

Where do I take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)? ~ Show Answer

Visit the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Website ( for test center locations.

How do I pay for graduate school? ~ Show Answer

The most common way to pay for graduate school is through Teaching or Research Assistantships. In exchange for teaching or research responsibilities, programs will defray or completely cover the cost of tuition. Also, every person accepted to a graduate program is eligible for $20,500 per year in student loans. For more information, see  How to Pay for Graduate School.

What is the most important part of the graduate school application? ~ Show Answer

Almost every admissions committee has a different opinion on this matter. Therefore, all parts of the application are important in order to meet the requirements of different admissions committees. Another option would be to talk to faculty or current students at the graduate school of interest to determine their experience with the process.

Who will be reviewing my application? ~ Show Answer

Admissions committees within each department will be reviewing your application.

When can I expect to receive an answer from the schools I've applied to? ~ Show Answer

The majority of schools will respond between mid-February and May.

My I obtain residency in other states for graduate school? ~ Show Answer

Some schools allow graduate students to obtain residency. You should research the procedures for obtaining residency status at different schools and in different states before you make any final decisions regarding which programs to attend.