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 counselor.
Five 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 an online Kaplan Practice Test .
- Apply for a Kaplan Scholarship for a free Kaplan Prep course. Complete the form, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Career Services, 101 Muller Center. You can also pick up the application at our office.
- Have your graduate school essays critiqued by our staff.
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.
There are many excellent online resources available for free to assist in your graduate school search.
Finding & researching graduate programs:
- American Universities
- CollegeSource OnLine - 21,367 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format
- GradSchools.com- a directory of almost 60,000 graduate programs
- Graduate School Guide - a directory of graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada
- Peterson's Graduate School Information - a listing of graduate programs offered across the country
- U.S. News Best Graduate Schools - please contact Career Services for log in information
Financial aid information:
Entrance exam & program-specific information:
- Association of American Medical Colleges- information on the MCAT, applying to and financing med school, etc.
- Graduate Management Admission Council
- GRE Online
- Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions
- Law School Admissions Council
- The Princeton Review- information on GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc. and tips on getting into graduate school
- Graduate Entrance Exams At-A-Glance handout
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 ets.org 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 ets.org 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 January to April. Therefore, most students typically take the GRE or GMAT exams 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.
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 and CDs, private tutors and study groups.