If you have decided that graduate school is for you, you then
need to decide if you would like to attend immediately after
graduation, or wait a year or two. Though many seniors begin the
year pursuing graduate school plans, only about 20-30% of the
senior class end up enrolling in graduate school immediately
following graduation. Most graduates opt to work a year or two and
then pursue graduate school plans. There are advantages to both
In looking at the advantages to proceeding directly on, there is
more continuity of learning between undergraduate and graduate
school and you will probably still be in the "studying mode".
Secondly, many students find it is easier to finance graduate
school when there aren’t other major financial obligations such as
marriage, mortgages and children. Undergraduate loans can be
deferred while attending school as well. Lastly, if you are
enthusiastic and certain about a career decision where graduate
school is needed, attending right away will lessen the time until
you can enter the profession.
The advantages of waiting a year or two before attending
graduate school have already been outlined above. To recap: if you
are uncertain about the field you would like to study, if there are
goal conflicts on the reasons for attending graduate school, and if
it would be advantageous to gain some work experience and/or take
some time off.