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Call the Departments and Ask More Specific Questions

As you narrow your list of possible schools, call each department's graduate school advisor (or chairperson) and ask more specific questions, such as:

What percentage of the faculty publish with students?

What do you consider to be the department's main strengths and weaknesses?

What unique opportunities does the department offer?

Where have the last few graduating classes gotten jobs?

For how many years do you typically fund graduate students?

If you're interested in working with a particular faculty member, find out if they have worked with (e.g., co-authored an article) graduate students and if their students have graduated.