Graduate School Resources
Do you know about the extensive resources and services available to you on campus for help with graduate school planning?
As a UT Austin student, you have access to a variety of resources and services to help you:
- Decide if graduate school is for you;
- Research graduate school options;
- Discover what you can do while completing your undergraduate degree to help make you a competitive graduate school applicant; and
- Prepare your graduate school application.
Your Resources & Services
How are you going to pay for graduate school? Visit our Grad School Funding page to explore funding options and to learn about the many ways departments financially support their graduate students.
Should you join a research project to help your graduate school goals? Yes - and start early! Visit our Research page to learn more about how research can help prepare you for graduate school and to connect with research opportunities.
Decision-Making, Application Assistance & Workshops
Liberal Arts Career Service: Check out the Advising page for a comprehensive list of our services and resources available to current liberal arts students. We offer admissions coaching, department-specific graduate school information and help developing your relevant knowledge and skill sets. Check out our calendar for information sessions and other graduate school-related events.
UT Departments: Review department websites for graduate program details and application information. Department websites can help you understand the program, review the faculty and prepare your application.
- Liberal Arts departments with graduate programs
- All UT colleges, schools and academic units with graduate programs
- Other university graduate programs: Peterson's Guide & PhDs.org
Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling: The center offers a variety of graduate school advising services and resources. Counselors are available to help you consider if and when to pursue graduate school, research graduate programs, develop ways to strengthen your graduate school application and formulate expectations about graduate school. A few of their highlight services include curriculum vitae writing, grad school mock interviews, non-liberal arts degree programs and the Graduate and Professional School Day (recruiting event held once a year).
Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC): The UWC offers valuable writing assistance to help craft your statement of purpose, writing sample and curriculum vitae.
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement - The Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence: The DDCE offers a variety of workshops about decision-making, the admissions process, funding, application preparation and entrance exams. Check out their calendar for upcoming events.
UT Graduate School: The UT Graduate School offers a variety of resources to prospective graduate students, including admissions, faculty, degrees, program rankings, funding and graduate life. They actively recruit potential candidates by conducting outreach and presenting application information sessions. You can participate in the School's workshops and events.
GRE & Subject Tests
Sanger Learning Center: The center offers GRE verbal, math and writing preparatory classes. These classes meet twice a week and are offered throughout the year. Find out when the next class starts on the class schedule.
The GRE: The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is the standardized test used by graduate schools to evaluate the qualifications of applicants and the ability to succeed in a graduate level program. The test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in 8 specific fields of study. Check with your graduate program for subject test requirements, keeping in mind these are generally not required in the liberal arts except for comparative literature and psychology degrees.
College Departments: Some of the departments have an Alumni section under their Graduate Program page which highlights alumni and where they are now.
University & Program Rankings
U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools: This site offers an abbreviated graduate school program rankings guide. Check out the hardcopy at LACS (FAC 18) for a comprehensive list of rankings organized by area of study.
If you prefer to use your own criteria to evaluate graduate program rankings, use the personalized ranking system at PhDs.org.
Peterson's Guide: This guide is a great resource to help you research graduate programs across the country. Explore information about admissions, funding, faculty, research, rankings and specializations.
The following search engines provide comprehensive graduate school and program profiles.
The Princeton Review
The Grad Cafe Blog and Forum