Graduate School

If you need help with graduate school programs and admissions, visit the Academic Advising Office at 64 West 11th Street. The staff will assist you in selecting an appropriate graduate program and preparing for the admissions process. You are welcome to stop by at any time to peruse helpful guidebooks, or you can schedule an appointment with the Senior Class Advisor to discuss your plans and options. Online resource directories we recommend include

Many graduate and professional degree programs require standardized admissions tests such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or LSAT (Law School Admissions Test). Most programs also require personal statements and/or writing samples. Your chances of success with both the admission examinations and required essays will be greater if you have a strategy. Workshops and test preparation guides are available from several organizations, including

In addition, some local universities have career and life planning centers as part of their continuing education divisions. A number of these centers offer test preparation courses, often at a lower cost than the commercial courses. Ask at the advising office for information about this option.
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. The IRT has two programs:

  • The Summer Workshop: College juniors and seniors engage in a graduate-level curriculum of critical, cultural, and educational theory during an intense four-week program at Phillips Academy.
  • The Associate Program: This program is geared to seniors and recent college graduates who are unable to attend the Summer Workshop because of other scholarly activities such as research or studying abroad.