Preparing for Graduate School

Graduate school is an opportunity to examine a field of your choice with more specificity and direction. As a graduate student, your education will have a narrower focus with greater depth through coursework, research, and/or practical experience.

This section of our website provides information to help you prepare, apply, and choose a graduate school or program.

Graduate School Resources at The Career Center

Thinking about going to graduate or professional school? The Career Center has many resources to help you prepare.

Individual Appointments

Address your questions and concerns during a 30 minute session with a counselor. You can also have your personal statement reviewed. Call (217) 3333-0820 to make an appointment.

Career Drop-Ins

Spend 10 minutes at The Career Center to get the answers to quick questions, Monday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm.


If you would like to host a career counselor at your registered student organization, complete this request form. It must be received at least two weeks in advance.

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Held each Fall semester, the fair offers a wonderful opportunity for all students, regardless of major or year in school, to meet with admissions representatives from various graduate and professional school school programs. For more information, please visit our event page.

Books and Online Resources

Electronic and print resources are available to help you prepare for Graduate School.