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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRAD SCHOOL

Jul 24, 2023 | Blog

When it comes to choosing a graduate school, we may be a little biased in believing that NNU is the best. We have nationally recognized graduate programs in many areas of study, competitive pricing and faculty and staff who are passionate about your calling. However, choosing a program that feels right for you involves many factors you should consider. Here are six essential steps to help you make an informed decision:

1. Research the college

Start by identifying the specific area of study you wish to pursue in graduate school and look at how each institution delivers it. Take time to get a good feel for the culture, mission and outcomes of each college. Ultimately, your place of learning should align with your own values as well.

2. Consider your career goals

Think about how attending graduate school aligns with your long-term career aspirations. Will this degree help you advance in your desired profession? Research the job market and determine if there is a demand for graduates in your field.

3. Assess faculty and resources

Investigate the qualifications and expertise of the professors within each program. Read their publications or research papers to understand their contributions to the field. Additionally, consider the availability of resources like libraries, laboratories, or any other facilities required for your studies.

4. Financial considerations

Evaluate the cost of tuition, available scholarships, assistantships or grants offered by each institution. Get connected with their financial aid departments and see how they can partner with you to make the cost of education more tangible.

5. Seek advice from current students or alumni

Reach out to current students or alumni from the programs you are interested in. Ask them about their experiences, challenges faced and whether they feel satisfied with their education at that particular institution.

6. Trust your instincts

Trust your instincts when making a decision. Consider which program feels like the best fit for you academically, professionally and personally.

Remember that choosing a graduate school is a significant investment of time, effort and money. Take your time, do thorough research, and make an informed decision that aligns with your goals and aspirations. Good luck in finding the perfect graduate school for you!

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