How to pick the best graduate programs to apply to

Your decision for where to apply to graduate school is yours alone. Although it may be tempting, it is a bad idea to simply use someone else’s list or national rankings as the only criteria in deciding what programs to apply to. You should invest the time to do your own searching. The emphasis, strengths, resources, and location for each program are different, and you will only know which programs fit your preferences by analyzing them yourself. This process can be overwhelming, so before you start, get tips from some of our new students here in this post. Having recently finished the process of applying, interviewing, and accepting offers, these students provide fresh insight for how to weed through the huge amount of information available and provide some general advice about what they would have done differently in their application cycle. Also in this post, I contribute my thoughts from the admissions viewpoint!
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Resources can make the difference in your graduate career

When picking the best graduate school, you should absolutely pick a program that has fantastic scientific training. However, at the same time, there are so many peripheral resources that can make all of the difference in your career. While considering graduate programs, you should ask about these resources. Learn how the Office of Career Development, IMSD program, and Program in Molecular Medicine at Vanderbilt have made a difference to our students.
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Getting into a Biomed Grad School

Are you thinking about applying to grad school? Do you want the inside scoop on how to pick the best one? Check out our blog posts written by our admissions faculty and successful students on how to best approach your graduate school application and choice.

  1. The Biomedical grad school application timeline
  2. Assembling your application
  3. Interviews
  4. Choosing the Best School

How do I approach the “2-body problem”?

Some students applying to graduate school have a significant other that they are considering when making the decision about where to go. This is often unfortunately referred to as the “2 body problem”. These students can get contrasting advice about how much to consider this person and if they should tell admissions committee about their significant other. What is the right thing to do?
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My “non-negotiables” in my grad school search

Everyone has different “needs” and “wants” when applying to grad school, but some factors are more important than others. Everyone is looking for something unique to them: a great environment, a fantastic city in which to live, specific labs of interest, fun activities outside of lab. What should you consider?
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How to REALLY prepare for grad school interviews

Graduate school interviews are unlike anything you’ve done before, so how do you prepare? You’ve also probably heard that biomedical graduate school interviews are just as much about recruiting you as interviewing you. What does that mean for what you should expect during these conversations. Here are some tips from our best interviewers and interviewees so that you know whats coming when you start on the interview trail.
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