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Graduate School Information

Last updated August 14, 2014

Applying to graduate school can be an arduous process, so it’s important to start early to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.  Deadlines and admissions requirements vary by school, so it’s important to identify and narrow down potential choices approximately 6-12 months before application.  These links can help you identify which schools offer specific programs in a particular geographic location.

http://www.gradschools.com

http://petersons.com/graduate-schools.aspx

It is also recommended you talk with faculty members and your advisor about your graduate school search and inquire to them about graduate schools they recommend.  You should visit the website of each school you are interested in, review the admissions requirements, curriculum, graduation requirements, and faculty biographies to determine which schools might be right for you.

 

Admissions Tests:

MCAT: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat

GRE General Test: https://www.ets.org/gre/

GRE Subject Test: http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about

GMAT: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx

PCAT: http://www.pcatweb.info/

DAT: http://www.ada.org/dat/aspx

OAT: https://www.ada.org/oat/index.html

 

The following test centers are located in Sioux City, IA:

http://www.witcc.edu/testing_center/

http://pearsonvue.com/vtclocator/

 

Personal Statement:

The requirements for a graduate school personal statement will vary by program, however, there are some overall themes are applicable to most any personal statement or essay.

Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or Career Services to get targeted advice on your personal statement.

 

Letters of Recommendation:

Most schools will require anywhere from 2-5 letters of recommendation.  Oftentimes, the recommenders will need to be specifically identified (ie; chiropractor programs require one letter from a chiropractor).  Other good sources of letters of recommendations could come from professors, academic advisors, organizational advisors, or even coaches.  Basically, the writer of the letter should know you well enough to communicate to the admissions committee that you have the academic capability, as well as strong personal characteristics that would make you successful in graduate school.  With this in mind, please choose your recommenders wisely.

You also must ask any recommender to write you a letter in a professional and appropriate way.  Here are a couple of tips:

Be sure to ask in a way that allows the potential recommender to say no.  If they feel like they don’t know you well enough or cannot write an appropriate letter, it’s better to identify another candidate (ie; instead of Will you write me a letter?  Do you feel like you know enough about me to write an appropriate letter of recommendation.)
Give your recommenders plenty of time to write the letters, and keep in mind the season.  Professors are particularly busy during midterms and finals.  If your letter is due around this time, be sure to give them plenty of advanced notice to write the letter.
Provide recommenders with a copy of your resume or a listing of academic, campus, and community activities.  Even though your recommenders know a lot about you, they don’t know everything.  This document can help them to write a very effective letter.