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Is Grad School in Your Future?

Did you know that in Fall 2008, there were 167,348 African Americans enrolled in all levels of graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities?
That number represented 9.6 % of all graduate school enrollments (including foreign students) and 13.4 % of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in U.S. graduate schools.

Over the past 10 years this number has grown every year by an average of 8.8%.

Many HBCU students are unaware of the option of attending grad school as a means to higher incomes and future career growth.

Those who are aware are often worried about:

– the application process
– taking entrance exams like the GRE, GMAT, LSAT etc
– how to pay for grad school
– how to take care of a family while in grad school

If these or any other issues are of concern to you, I can guarantee you that there are people on your HBCU campus who are ready and willing to help you identify resources.

You can talk to any of the following people on campus about going to grad school:

– Professors
– Career Center Professionals
– Academic Advisors
– Coaches and mentors
– Senior Seminar Faculty
– Honors/Program Coordinators

Additionally, here are just a few online grad school resources to bookmark.

TheHBCUCareerCenter – Resource for non-traditional students and higher education
The PhD Project – Goal to increase the number of African American business professors
IM Diversity – Comprehensive list of places to seek grad school fellowships
University of California Riverside – List of resources to find money for grad school
Nationa Black MBA Association – You do not need to have a MBA to become a member
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