Student Spotlight
Planning ahead

Does your career choice mean that you have graduate school in your future?

The University of Indianapolis has thriving graduate schools. Some students, though, enroll in UIndy as the first phase of their preparation for a career that requires education at another institution after they earn their undergraduate degree. If you know you’ll be going on to graduate school, there’s a lot to consider when choosing where to complete your undergraduate studies and selecting a major. And at UIndy, faculty and advisers will work side-by-side with you to ensure you’re on the right path to reach your career goals.

To be accepted at your grad school of choice, you’ll need to take prerequisite courses, score well on your entrance exam, and earn a high grade point average. We’ll provide the guidance you need if you’re planning for graduate or professional study.

There are lots of things to assess: prerequisites, credit hours required, field experiences, internships, accreditation, and more. According to Jordan Parrett, a pre-med major who graduated in May, “Graduate schools are looking to see if you’ve completed your prerequisites and that they were completed well.”

So covering all your bases is crucial —and so is doing your best while you’re at UIndy.

Take advantage of advising

Melanie Pugh, a pre-pharmacy junior at UIndy, appreciates that professors and advisers are here to help make sure she’s on track. “My experience at UIndy has completely changed my life and future,” Melanie says. “Everything happens for a reason, and I was meant to come here.”

She attributes much of her success to one of her UIndy professors, Joe Burnell.

“Dr. Burnell makes his classes difficult, but he does it to push us to become better students and truly learn the material,” says Melanie. “He also is willing to take the time to sit down and talk about any questions I may have. He has his students’ best interests at heart.”

Getting accepted

pre-med-studentMany grad programs require you to take an entrance exam. Similar to the SAT or ACT, these tests help you gain acceptance into the school of your choice. Keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of time to prepare for the exams, request recommendation letters, and meet application deadlines. Ryan Barnett has first-hand experience working with faculty and advisers on his graduate school goals. Ryan is a May grad who studied premed and exercise science at UIndy and will attend Indiana University Medical School in the fall.

“I think preparing for the MCAT was easier because the core classes (biology, chemistry, and physics) are taught at such a high level at UIndy,” says Ryan. “Professors at UIndy are the reason I chose to study pre-medical. They provided encouragement, advice, and support as I was contemplating my career options.”

Firm foundation

Worried that your graduate program isn’t offered at UIndy?

“Don’t fret,” says Emily Carter, a recent UIndy grad and first-year student at Purdue’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Emily says her education at UIndy prepared her well for her professional program. She also stresses that your education will prove to be as beneficial as you make it.

“Experience in your field of interest, coupled with great education, is crucial. UIndy has the resources to help you achieve both,” she adds.

No matter your major, concentration, or plans for graduate school, UIndy is prepared to give you the attention and guidance needed to achieve your goals.

—Elizabeth Hale ’15