Graduate/Professional School

Each year about 40% of students graduating from Augustana College head directly to graduate/professional school.  In Career Development & Vocation we consider graduate/professional school a stepping stone along the way to achieving an initial career goal.  Whether you are considering graduate/professional school or you are certain that is your next step, we’ve provided some resources to guide you through the process.

Considering Grad/Prof School

If you’re deciding if and when to go to grad school, there are several factors for you to consider, particularly during a pandemic. Ask the following questions to help determine what route is best for you.

Identifying Your Criteria

Before researching programs and institutions it’s important for you to figure out what qualities you want in a program/institution. Use this resources to help you set your criteria before researching programs.

References and Letters of Recommendation

A reference is someone who can talk about your skills, experience, abilities, and work ethic. Letters of recommendation are written evaluations of an individual’s performance whether at work or in the classroom.

Researching Grad/Prof School Programs

One of the best ways to learn more about a graduate school program is through research. Learning all there is to know about a specific program/institution assists in making decisions, customizing application materials, and preparing for interviews for funding, assistantships, and fellowships.

Target List: Graduate School Programs

A target list is a list of graduate programs you would like to attend.  These may be schools that offer programs that fit your academic goals and interests.

Applying to Graduate/Professional School Programs

Once you have determined the best type of experience for you it’s time to prepare your application materials.

Graduate/Professional School Funding Options

Learn how to research scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, grants, and loans.

RUSH University Graduate Program Informational Sessions

Learn about graduate programs in Clinical Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Science, and Respiratory Care through online sessions

Greetings from RUSH University!

Online information sessions are available for prospective students interested in the following graduate programs:

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WaterCon 2024

American Water Works Association Illinois Section 2024 Annual Conference. Augustana Students present about partnership with Rock Island City, along with how they have worked to create deliverables for the Illinois EPA! Check out what these students worked on at the …

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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

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SENIORS: Where are YOU Headed After Graduation?

Congratulations On Your Graduation!

CORE collects and reports data for each graduating class at Augustana College.

Curious about previous class outcomes? Find them here.

NOTE: When answering the survey, think about your plans after graduation. If you are currently employed …

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Laura Kestner-Ricketts Executive Director, Career and Professional Development
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How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

Asking for a letter of recommendation is a common practice when applying for jobs, education programs, or other opportunities.

It is a way to present yourself positively through the perspective of someone who can attest to your skills, achievements, character, …

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