Graduate School

Going to graduate school is not a decision you should make without a good deal of thoughtful reflection and research. Use the resources on this page to help determine if grad school is the “right” next step in your life or if a different path is a better option. We’ll also help you think about which graduate school to choose and discuss how to write personal statements, often used in the graduate school application process.

Are you considering applying to graduate or professional school? What factors should you consider before making your decision? The Career Hub has resources to help you with the following important steps: 1.) determine if graduate school is right for you, 2.) research and evaluate graduate schools, 3.) understand important timelines and 4.) prepare competitive application materials. Take some time to review the “One Stop Resource for Applying to Graduate School” below. Then, stop by the Career Studio to discuss your ideas with a Peer Educator or Career Consultant.

If you are uncertain which graduate programs to apply to, check out our Guide to Researching Graduate Schools, a step-by-step process on how to effectively research and select the right program for you! We also recommend using the following two sites to compare programs based on various criteria.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Peterson’s Grad School Search Tool

Faculty and other professionals need adequate time to write a solid recommendation letter for you. It is important to know the protocol and timeline for requesting recommendation letters. Use this Career Hub resource to professionally request recommendation letters.

Most graduate schools require applicants to submit a personal statement, letter of intent or statement of purpose. The Career Hub has created resources to help you be successful. Once you’ve written your draft, have multiple readers review the document and provide solid feedback. Get started with the Career Hub’s guidelines below. Then, stop by the Career Studio and discuss with our staff.

The Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC) has a unique mission on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The HPPLC office is wholly dedicated to the success of IU students seeking admission into professional programs in law, medicine, and other health professions. 

The HPPLC has created a Guidebook with original content written by the advisors, who collectively draw on decades of experience in helping thousands of students just like you gain admission to professional schools.

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Daily Drop-in Office Hours
Monday 11:00 - 3:00 8:00 - 5:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 3:00 8:00 - 5:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 3:00 8:00 - 5:00
Thursday 11:00 - 3:00 8:00 - 5:00
Friday 11:00 - 3:00 8:00 - 5:00

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Contact & Location

(812) 855-9639

1315 E. 10th Street, Room 200
Bloomington, IN 47405