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Graduate & Professional School Online Guide

Key Information Sources

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Key Sources of Graduate and Professional School Information

Career Services Office
CSO (Career and Leadership Center, Franklin Hall, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday)
The CSO has a resource library filled with books, directories, and videos to help you. A helpful resource to get you started is the 6-volume set, Peterson’s Guides to Graduate Study.

Contact the graduate/professional school in which you are interested to ask for information, application, etc. (Many basic application materials are now online.) A good website to research graduate schools and specific academic programs is It is also advisable to contact the specific department in which you will be studying since some departments have separate applications for admission and financial aid. Please note that school catalogs list all staff and faculty, the graduate schools they attended, and their teaching/research interests. Much of this information is also available online via school websites.

Faculty Advisors
Advisors are often acquainted with many different schools and can offer special insights about choice, admission standards, etc. Both your own advisor and advisors in the other departments can be helpful.

An excellent source of information is graduates of Ferrum who attended the school(s) you are interested in attending. You can research potential contact alumni through faculty members in the field you are planning to pursue.

On Campus Visits
If possible, visit the school; take a look at the facilities and setting, talk to students in the department and interview with graduate advisors. There is no substitute for this when you are narrowing your choice.

Try to learn as much as possible about schools you are considering. Time, money, effort, frustration, and disappointment can be saved by narrowing the choices before applying.

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