Preparing for Graduate School as an Undergraduate

Once you have made the decision that graduate school is the right step for you, it is a smart idea to begin your preparation early in order to better your chances for acceptance.

Click below for a mini-presentation on how to improve your chances of getting into a graduate program

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Work at getting good grades as most graduate schools strongly consider your undergraduate transcripts for admittance.
  • Visit a pre-professional faculty advisor at Fresno State. A list of contact information can be found here.
  • Visit the websites of your top graduate school programs to ensure you are taking the needed prerequisites for admission.
  • Work to develop good writing skills and research techniques as these will be valuable resources.
  • Speak with professors who teach and have experience in the field in which you are interested and ask for advice.
  • Set up an informational interview with people who are in the field in which you are interested. Learn from them about the current trends as well as what skills are required in their profession.
  • Apply for internships in order to gain experience in the field.
  • Review graduate school directories and catalogs available on the internet or in Career Services.
  • Get information on the required entrance exam for your program (e.g. GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT).

REMEMBER: There are career counselors ready to help and the Career Services office is an excellent place to begin collecting information.