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Pros & Cons of Online Graduate School



Hey Lovelies,


As many of you may already know I am currently a graduate student at UCF and my journey from attending college in-person to online has been an uphill battle.


While I am so grateful for the opportunity to further my education, I was not sure what to expect when I got accepted into my program.


This got me thinking that it may be helpful to share my experience with the application process, the pros and cons to online vs in-person learning, social and academic aspects of graduate school as well as some tools you can use to get started!


APPLICATION PROCESS


Aside from obtaining a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent to get into graduate school most schools require a 3.0 GPA or higher.


Hence the reason you should treat your undergraduate courses as an opportunity to give you access to more success. But grades are not the only requirement that impact acceptance.


Certain universities may require that you take the GRE or GMAT before you can get admitted.


I would highly recommend studying for the GRE sooner rather than later. Once you know if it is a requirement or not take the necessary steps to study a few semesters before you graduate undergrad if you can.


In my case due to the pandemic certain institutions actually waived the GRE requirements when I was applying so depending on your specific circumstances and time you decide to apply you may not need to stress yourself out about requirements that may be altered in the future.


Here are some resources to learn more about the GRE requirements and preparation.


High test scores and your GPA are not the only guarantees to get into grad school.


The hardest part of applying to graduate school for me was not the lack of letters of recommendation, campus involvement, or work experience but the statement of intent.