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Power in Purpose: How to Write a Statement of Purpose for Grad School

  April 09, 2024    

You’ve taken the GRE, researched your graduate program options, and started your application process. Now, it’s time to take on a task that you may have been putting off: writing your statement of purpose. 

Yes, your statement of purpose is an important part of your application to grad school, because it’s your chance to showcase your unique voice, experiences, and goals. But, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. 

In this blog, we’ll highlight the information you need to craft a strong...

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Topics: Graduate School Resources, WVU Admissions Resources

How to Find the Best Graduate Program for You

  November 10, 2022    

Making the decision to go to grad school might be easier than determining the best graduate program for you and your career goals. It might seem overwhelming to have so many options, but it’s actually an amazing opportunity for you to consider what’s most important to you. Ultimately, you should choose a program that will prepare you to be a leader in your industry.

Choosing a strategic graduate program begins with you and your goals, and how you approach this decision should have a strategy. 


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Topics: WVU Graduate Programs, WVU Admissions Resources

Tips for Grad School — Introducing The Summit Ahead Podcast

  April 19, 2022    


Looking for helpful tips for grad school? You're in the right place.

For a few years now, we've been posting helpful content related to choosing grad school on our graduate education blog, The Summit Ahead, but we also recognize that you're busy and that you might not have time to add more reading to your busy day.For that reason, we're launching The Summit Ahead Podcast— a monthly podcast that will

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources, Podcast Resources

5 Ways Attending a Graduate Fair Will Give You a Competitive Edge

  August 21, 2019    

Making significant life decisions has never been more convenient than it is now in the internet age: Applying for the graduate degree of your dreams is only a click away!

When it comes to deciding on graduate school, however, it pays off in the long term to do some in-person investigation. Whether you’ve just begun considering higher education or you know exactly which master’s degree you want to earn, attending a graduate event will help ensure that you’re making the best decision for your...

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources

WVU Maintains R1 Status — Ranked Alongside Nation's Most Prestigious Research Universities

  January 03, 2019    

West Virginia Universitycontinues to rank among the nation’s elite research institutions as reflected in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Carnegie released its every-three-year assessment this week, and WVU continues to be rated as an R1, or very high research activity, institution, the most elite category for research-focused schools, alongside such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins. Only 120 of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and...

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Topics: Graduate Degrees in STEM, WVU Admissions Resources

Happy Holidays from WVU — Check Out These 8 Graduate Resources

  December 21, 2017    

Happy Holidays from the Admissions Team here at West Virginia University!

WVU is dedicated to providing you with the most helpful tips and advice possible when it comes to your questions and concerns surrounding graduate school.

That’s why we’ve taken the time in this blog post to list out the eight downloadable, graduate admissions resources we've crafted over the last several months.

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources

WVU's 10 Tips for Balancing Work, Family, and Graduate Studies

  October 12, 2017    

“There are not enough hours in the day,” is probably what you keep thinking to yourself as you try to balance full-time employment, graduate school, and your family/personal life. While we cannot add hours to your full days, we can offer tips to help you stay sane and be as productive as possible.

Here are 10 tips for balancing work, grad school, and family.

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Topics: Graduate School Resources, WVU Admissions Resources

What You Don’t Know About Going to Graduate School in West Virginia

  August 10, 2017    

Thinking about becoming a Mountaineer? I may be biased, but you can’t go wrong with West Virginia where you get unparalleled opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

You probably have a good idea of what it’s like to go to graduate school, but what exactly can you look forward to as a graduate student at WVU? I’m glad you asked.

Let’s start at the beginning.

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Topics: Graduate School Resources, WVU Admissions Resources

WVU’s New Resource for Aspiring Graduate Students: A Guide to Graduate Assistantships at West Virginia University

  May 04, 2017    

If you’re thinking about attending one of WVU’s graduate or PhD programs, you’re probably spending your time researching a variety of things: Your field of study, the programs in your department, what scholarships are available, what professors you may have, etc.

But one thing you should consider — if you already haven’t — is pursuing a graduate assistantship position. A graduate assistantship can give you practical teaching and research experience, not to mention networking connections and a...

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources

5 Free Downloadable Resources to Help Guide You as You Consider Graduate School

  March 30, 2017    

West Virginia University is dedicated to providing you with the most helpful tips and advice possible when it comes to your questions and concerns surrounding graduate school.

That’s why we’ve taken the time in this blog post to list out the various downloadable, graduate admissions resources we have developed over the past year.

Note: Visit The WVU Resource Library and get access to the available resources, blog, and newsletter targeted at graduate degree-seeking students.

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Topics: WVU Admissions Resources


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Deciding what graduate school to attend can be daunting at times, and navigating the admissions process can be that much more difficult. We hope to make the journey from considering graduate school to enrolling in a graduate program easier by publishing content that will be helpful to you as you discern if, when, and where, to pursue your next degree.

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