Deciding Where to Attend Graduate School

If you receive more than one letter of acceptance, you will now need to make your final decision on where you will attend.  If you are accepted by your top targeted school, the decision might be easy.  However, if your decision is not straight forward, spend some time collecting more information and weighing the pros and cons of each program. You may want to visit the institutions where you have been accepted.  Discuss your options with individuals you trust to provide sound advice.  Ultimately, this is a personal decision involving many factors that only you can rank in importance.

In addition to the program-specific factors you considered when researching graduate schools, you may also want to consider some of the following qualitative factors.

Program’s research and your interests match
Respect of the school, program, and professors
Outcome rates for graduates
State-of-the-art capabilities
Degree requirements
Financial assistance
School location
Program culture
Expectation of school/work hours
Health insurance options
Cost of living

Please notify us of your decision by completing the graduation and career outcomes email sent by Engineering Career Services.