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Choosing Between Grad Schools

Prior to getting your acceptance and rejection letters, you were terrified that you weren't going to get into any of the grad schools that you applied to. However, now you've gotten your letters back, and you have been accepted into more than one of the schools you've applied to. The decision between the schools can be daunting. If you need help deciding between schools, consider this advice from GradSchools.com:

Financial questions are the biggest explosions of light at the end of a great fireworks show. For many people, those grand explosions are the main reason they gathered to see fireworks in the first place. Consequently, the financial situation is often the biggest factor in a student's ultimate grad school decision. If a school's tuition seems too much, keep in mind there is always financial aid.

Talk to students and professors. See what they have to say about the school. Hopefully they will be happy with where they are, and if so, find out why. If they aren't, you definitely want to know that. Learn what their personal experiences have been. What they like and dislike about the place. This may seem a bit obvious, but ask questions that relate specifically to you. If you like to shop, find out if there is a good shopping district in the area. If you are into science, ask about the quality and availability of the chemistry labs. Ask if there are good movies theaters in the area. Or good restaurants. Or any details that truly matter to you. Take this time to learn the intricacies of a school that brochures can't address.

In the end, students should simply feel grateful that they were accepted into several grad schools rather than none. And, because you choose the school that fit you when you applied, don't fret too much over the decision. Most likely, you'll have a fantastic experience wherever you choose.


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