Many Grinnellians pursue graduate and professional education, either immediately post-graduation or after other experiences. The CLS assists current students and recent alumni with all aspects of the grad school process. We can help you with:

  • Deciding whether (and when!) graduate or professional school fits with your long-term goals, and what type of degree can help you best meet those goals
  • Selecting the best-fit programs to which to apply
  • Developing all the components of a highly competitive application
  • Evaluating offers of admission and financial aid from graduate programs

In-person, phone, or Skype appointments with Sarah Barks, the Assistant Director for Graduate & Professional School Advising, can be made by calling 269-4940 during regular business hours. Dr. Barks is happy to meet with Grinnellians at any stage of the graduate school planning process, from first- and second-year students exploring ideas about further education to seniors and alumni putting the finishing touches on their applications.

Current students should also check out the CLS’s Graduate and Professional School GrinnellShare site (login required). Here, you can find information about different graduate degrees; exploration tools to help assess whether graduate school is right for you; timelines for preparing for and applying to graduate school; extensive resources about graduate school admission exams, applications, and financing; and specialized information about pre-professional programs including law and health careers.

Stop by the CLS at 1127 Park Street to explore our library of test prep resources and other materials related graduate school and specific graduate programs. Kaplan Test Prep offers a discounted rate on MCAT and LSAT prep courses for Grinnellians; current students with demonstrated financial need may qualify for further reimbursements through the CLS upon completion of those courses.

Remember that faculty are a crucial resource as you plan your academic path. Pre-professional advising at Grinnell is done by a number of staff and faculty members. Dr. Barks serves as the pre-professional adviser for law, business, social work, and health professions; pre-health students should also refer to the Health Professions Advisory Committee. Other pre-professional advisers on campus can be found here on the Majors and Concentrations page.