Graduate School FAQs

Q:How much does it cost to go to graduate school?

A:The costs can range anywhere from $5,000 a year to $50,000 a year but don't let the cost scare you! In reality very few people pay the cost of tuition. Most students attend graduate school on scholarship or assistantship and very often get paid to attend graduate school. The system is set-up as a win-win. You work for the graduate school as a teaching or research assistant and they pay you just enough to get by on. In exchange they give you free education. Two notable exceptions to this arrangement are medical and law school. In both those instances most banks and lending institutions will be happy to loan you the money because they can collect it back when you become a doctor or lawyer.

Q:What factors do graduate schools consider for admission?

A:The four main factors considered for graduate school admission are your score on a graduate school admission test, college GPA, personal statement, and involvement in co-curricular activities. Your test score and GPA are weighted higher than the others. Also, while many students attend graduate school from specific academic majors, there is rarely a undergraduate major requirement.

Q:What is a personal statement and what should be included in one?

A:Your personal statement enables the graduate school admissions officers to gain additional insight into who you are and what you stand for. There is no set rule on what you should write but a Dean of Graduate Admissions once suggested that you let the college see who you really are and how your skills/abilities/interests/ etc will benefit your intended profession. No matter what you write it is imperative that it be free of any spelling or grammatical errors and conform to the format specified on the application.

Q: How do I request an official copy of my college transcript?

A:Transcripts may be requested from the Registrar's Office, Room 109, Long Hall between 8:00am - 4:30pm daily. Transcripts may be requested only by the student to whom they belong. All requests for transcripts must be made in writing. Request forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Requests can also be made via letter or Fax (321-4337). Written requests must include:

  1. Student's Name - Name when enrolled (if different now)
  2. Graduation Year or Last Year Attended
  3. Social Security Number
  4. Number of Copies Requested
  5. Complete Name and Address to Which Transcripts Will Be Sent
  6. Student's Return Address
  7. Student's Signature.

Transcripts are free to currently enrolled full-time students. Payment should be presented at the time of request; checks or money orders payable to Lycoming College. Transcripts will not be released until all financial obligations to the College are met (these may be taken care of through the Business Office). To maintain the integrity of the official transcript, students should request transcripts which are sealed in envelopes and signed by the Registrar's Office. Transcripts are generally prepared within 2 working days after the date which a request is received. The College does not provide on-demand service.

Q:How long are graduate admission test scores valid?

A:Each graduate school test is unique. For information on tests other than those listed below contact the CDC. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - 5 years Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) - 2 years Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) - 5 years Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) - 5 years Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) - 5 years Dental Admissions Test (DAT) - Kept Indefinitely Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - 5 years

Q:When and how do I register to take a graduate admission test?

A:The CDC has application and admissions packets for medical, dental, veterinary, law, and business schools. Students can register for the GRE test through The entire test registration procedure is explained in the test registration material. Most students considering graduate school take the appropriate graduate school admission test in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. The most competitive schools begin accepting applications as early as 16 months prior to the start of the Fall semester. Taking the test early gives the student the advantage of early graduate school application, and earlier graduate school admission decisions.