Graduate School Search

The Office of Career Services is available to assist Ithaca College students and alumni with graduate school decisions. Our Peer Career Advisors are here to help you during drop-in hours or you may call the office to arrange an appointment with a career coach.

Important Steps

  • Look at resources in our Career Library. We have publications such as the Peterson's Guide, Graduate Admissions Essays, and Getting Into Grad School.
  • Attend our annual Graduate School Fair in the fall. This event provides you the opportunity to talk with representatives from a variety of graduate programs.
  • Prepare for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, or other entrance exam by taking a free online Kaplan Practice Test .
  • Have your graduate school essays reviewed by a career coach.

Library Resources

We have numerous resources in our Career Library to help you search for a graduate program and to assist you in developing your materials. We also have a take away guide that you can pick up at our office or access by clicking on the Featured Document Grad School Search Quick Guide.

On-Line Resources

There are many excellent online resources available for free to assist in your graduate school search.

Finding & researching graduate programs:

Financial aid information:

Information about entrance exam fee reduction:

Entrance exam & program-specific information:

Princeton Review free practice exam online:

Student visa information:

What are Entrance exams? Many graduate school programs require entrance exams, such as the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, or LSAT. The GRE, GMAT and MCAT are computer-based tests that are offered throughout the year. The LSAT is a paper-based exam offered four times a year. Read the Graduate Entrance Exams At-A-Glance handout for more information about each type of test.

Am I required to take these exams? It depends. If applying to Law School or Medical School, the LSAT and MCAT are required as part of the applications. For other programs, it varies. Make sure you thoroughly research the graduate programs you are applying to and check if General GRE, GRE Subject, and/or GMAT scores are required. Not every program will ask for a test score.

What is the GRE Subject Test? Since the General GRE test measures critical thinking and logical reasoning skills but not subject-specific content, the GRE subject test is a way to measure your knowledge of a particular subject area. A small number of programs require the GRE subject test. Ask the programs you are applying to if a GRE Subject Test is necessary for your application. GRE Subject Tests are paper-based and offered on specific dates during the year. Visit for more information on how to register and when and where to take the Subject Tests.

Where and when is the GRE General Test offered? GRE General tests are administered at ETS testing centers. From Ithaca, the closest GRE testing locations are Vestal, NY, Syracuse, NY, and Rochester, NY. Visit to find a test center, view available test dates, and register for a test.

When should I take the GRE and/or GMAT? If applying for fall admission into your graduate program, most application deadlines are anywhere from December to April. Therefore, most students typically take the GRE or GMAT exams early in the fall semester of their senior year.

When should I take the LSAT or MCAT? The timeline for applications to these programs are different from other graduate timelines. Typically, Law School applicants take the LSAT in October or June, and Medical School applicants take the MCAT in the summer months before senior year.

How do I study or prepare for these exams? There are a wide variety of study materials to help you prepare. Ithaca College works with Kaplan Test Prep Services to offer practice tests, classes, and discounts to IC students. Some resources include online classes, books, private tutors, and in-person courses.