Define Your Priorities

When searching for a graduate program in the United States, first consider your individual priorities to help locate a program that is the best fit for you. These priorities may change over time, but they will help guide your program search. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do I want to study in the United States?
  • What are my short-term and long-term goals?
  • Am I looking for a master's or doctoral program, a professional degree, or a professional certificate?
  • Where are professors teaching whose research overlaps with my academic interests?
  • How will I pay for my graduate program in the United States?
  • Will I need to request financial aid?
  • What were my undergraduate grades and current English test scores (if required)?
  • Which of the standardized graduate admissions tests have I taken or do I need to take?
  • How large of an institution would I like to study at?
  • Would I like to attend a private or public institution?
  • How easily will I adjust to my new community and environment?
  • Do I prefer living in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?
  • Would I like to live on campus or off campus?
  • Do I want to participate in clubs, sports, or other activities?

Please download and fill out this worksheet which will act as a guide when working through these priorities and when meeting with an EducationUSA adviser or U.S. university admissions staff.