Today I’m bringing you the first of (hopefully!) many blog posts about grad school for speech-language pathology. (Get caught up about why I’m blogging about this in the first place!) Now that I can officially say I’m a senior in undergrad, I think it’s time to get started on those grad school applications and the first step to doing that is to figure out where I’m going to apply in the first place!
Now I’m gonna be honest (because I’m always honest with y’all on this blog o’ mine) and say that no, I haven’t actually narrowed down my choices yet. And I think it’s hard because I have literally no preference of where I want to be for grad school (location wise and university wise). HOWEVER, I’ve been researching and asking around and I’ve come up with some key ways to help narrow down the choices of where to apply for SLP grad school!
ASHA’s EdFind is the perfect place to get started! It lists all of the schools that are available to you which is awesome. It’s also a really solid, comprehensive website to be able to find some basic info on each school. There are some aspects that I’ve heard are out of date, though so make sure you hit up the school’s actual website to learn more information!
Look at cost
I will be taking out loans and paying for grad school all on my own so I’m trying to be a little bit more conscious of the price tag of schools. Figure out where you want to be price-wise and don’t torture yourself by looking at schools you know you can’t afford to go to!
Location, location, location
For me, this isn’t a HUGE factor but it is definitely important for a lot of people. Do you want to commute to school? Do you want to be somewhere warm (like me)? Do you want to be close to an airport? Do you want to be able to drive home if needed? All of these factors are huge when it comes to choosing ANY school (not even just grad schools!)
Also think about what setting you want to work in. Choosing a location based on that is also a smart idea!
This is another thing that doesn’t affect me too much but if you have a preference of big school vs. small school or private school vs. public school, this is something to keep in mind as well!
Research Opportunities/Research Focus
If you’re looking to do research at a school, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the different types of research that goes on in the department to see if it’s anything that particularly interests you!
Some students want the option to get their degree online. Not all schools offer this, of course, so if you’re looking for something like that you’ll have to do some research!
Full-time or Part-time?
Not all schools allow you to attend part-time so this is also something to consider when looking at schools!
Average Admission Statistics
My plan is going to be to apply to around 5-8 schools and hopefully they’ll range from “safe” schools to a few “reach” schools! Looking at the admission statistics is definitely not the end-all be-all (keep in mind that some people get accepted/rejected when based on statistics they shouldn’t have been), but I think it’s nice to keep that in mind when you’re picking out your set list of schools!
Have questions? ASK!
If you’re looking for a particular detail at a school and you can’t find it, reach out to them and ask! It’s nice to have your name out there and it’ll look good that you’re doing your research and are really interested in the program.