The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Graduate School


  • Your faculty adviser is always a good person with whom to have an initial discussion about your graduate school plans, no matter what the discipline. The faculty in your department are most likely to know which programs are a good fit for your interests. Take advantage of office hours to start your grad school search!
  • Email Charles Daniel, senior adviser, for general advice about pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Reed Alumni can be excellent resources and are generally happy to share their perspectives and experiences.  Check out the Alumni Directory and use the advanced search option to identify alumni in your field of study or who may have attended a graduate program of interest.

Planner and Timeline

Applying to graduate school takes advanced planning. Don Asher '83 created this Graduate School Workbook (PDF) that enumerates all of the ins and outs of the process. You can also use our planner and timeline to help keep your process on track.

Application Resources

  • The Peterson's Guides list all accredited programs of study in the US.  They are available in hard copy in the Reed Library as well as online.  Once you have put together a list of potential programs of interest, use these guides to help sift through the specific details.
  • is another recommended online resource.
  • If you are also looking for funding, keep in mind that the primary source of financial support is the graduate institution itself.  For additional resources, see if you can find anything relevant to you using the Graduate and Post-doctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) database, housed at UCLA.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Graduates schools often require students to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  In addition to the general test, subject tests are offered in:  Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.  If you are likely to need to take one of these, please note that subject tests are offered on a limited schedule and can only be taken in September, October, and April.  Plan accordingly!

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising and Drop-in Hours will not be available during winter break. Regular hours will resume beginning January, 28th 2019.

Express Advising with PCAs

On hiatus until Spring Semester

Drop-In Hours with CLBR Staff

Mon: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Commons
Tue: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Thur: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., International Student Services
Fri: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
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