Graduate School Preparation

Choosing a School Applying
Evaluating a Program Action Plan
Additional Graduate School Resources Additional Personal Statement Resources
Pre-Health Career Resources Guide to Writing Personal Statements
Recommendation Forms  


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Before deciding on graduate school, either at the masters (2 years) or doctorate level (4-8 years), it is strongly encouraged that you fully explore every aspect of your chosen career. Ask yourself…

Choosing a School

Thoroughly explore your options. Talk to your Academic Advisor, Faculty, graduate students, Career Services, and professionals in a variety of fields. Some online resources include:


Entrance criteria vary between programs and can even change from year to year within a program depending on the quality of applicants. Deadlines are usually 7-8 months before your entrance date. Determine all deadlines for graduate school applications, financial aid, and assistantship applications. Send in applications early! Don’t worry if you shine in some areas but are lacking in others. Most programs use a trade-off approach to gain an overall picture of an applicant. Criteria for admissions will typically include:

Evaluating a Program

Overall Program


Financial Aid

 Student Life and Campus Facilities

Career Information

Action Plan

As soon as you decide Grad School is right for you

Summer Before Senior Year





Additional Graduate School Information

UNCW Graduate School 
Choices Planner 
First time users: click on Create a new Portfolio
Returning users: click on Portfolio Name Tab and enter your portfolio and password.
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Once you've logged into the program, click on the Learn tab to access a comprehensive database of graduate programs.

Going to Graduate School
Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students
Peterson’s Graduate Planner 

Additional Personal Statement Information

Writing a Personal Statement for Health Programs
Personal Statement Writing Advice
Writing Fellowship & Grad School Essays

Getting Letters of Recommendation
National Scholarships, Fellowships & Programs (searchable database)
Fellowship Interviews
Statements of Purpose…What’s Your Story? 
Write For Acceptance 
Write a Personal Statement that Will Knock Their Socks Off


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