If you are a college student about to graduate, you probably have a lot of tough decisions to make as to what direction to take after getting your undergraduate degree. One such decision you may have to make is choosing whether to go to graduate school immediately after graduation or postpone graduate school. In order to help you to better make this decision, I have compiled a list of the pros and cons of going to grad school right out of college as opposed to waiting a couple of years before you decide to go.
Pro #1: References are readily available
The good thing about going to grad school right after you get your undergraduate degree is that you have better access to professors who can write a good recommendation letter or fill out recommendation forms for you. But if you postpone graduate school and go years later, it would be kind of difficult to get a recommendation from your professors, because they may have retired or may not even remember you. You do have the option of getting a recommendation from your employer, but they may not be able to attest to your academic ability as well as your professor would.
Pro #2: Tuition is as low as it will ever be.
The tuition of colleges usually increases from one year to the next. If you go to grad school immediately after finishing undergraduate school, tuition will be as low as it will ever be. But if you wait a while, tuition at the same school may have risen by a couple hundred or thousand bucks. So choosing to go to grad school right away can save you a lot of money.
Pro #3: When you take grad school entrance exams while you are still in school, the testing material is still fresh on your mind.
As part of the grad school admission process, you have to take and make passing scores on grad school entrance exams such as the GRE and MAT. If you take the tests while you are still in college, they might be easier, because the material is still fresh on your mind. But if you wait awhile and take the tests later, you may have forgotten a lot of the material and would have to brush up on your skills.
Con #1: You may not be totally sure what you want to get your graduate degree in.
A disadvantage of going to grad school right away is that you might not be certain what you want to major in and might end up changing your mind later on. Postponing graduate school gives you the chance to work a while and explore the different career options that are out there. So you’ll be more confident about what you want to get your graduate degree in.
Con #2: As a recent graduate, you might be too broke to afford grad school.
The lack of money you may have as a recent graduate is another disadvantage of going to grad school immediately after graduation. Postponing grad school and working awhile gives you the chance to build your nest egg, so you can better afford grad school.