Graduate student in purple shirt and purple glasses posing next to microscope with image of purple microorganisms on a screen in the back

Here are some general factors to consider when evaluating whether a graduate program is the right fit for you:

  • Reputation of the institution and the program
  • Faculty’s research interests and accessibility
  • Quality of research facilities
  • Career paths of the program’s graduates (look for career outcomes data, like these)
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Geographic location
  • Cost of living and the availability of affordable housing
  • Social climate and support systems in the department and within the university at large

Tools to Help Your Research


Now that you know what to look for, here are some places to start gathering that information.