This site was designed for one purpose–to help make the graduate school application process more transparent.
Applying to graduate school is one of the most important things you’ll ever do for yourself professionally. It can literally alter the course of your life and open up your dream career. Despite the enormous importance of grad school, there is very little consistent information out there for would-be PhD students applying to graduate school.
When it comes to your graduate education, we believe you should be getting advice from those who understand the process and your subject: professors, postdocs, and current graduate students.
One of the critical issues surrounding inequality in our society is that information is not fairly distributed, and academia is not exempt to this problem. Some students end up working with faculty that provide them with guidance, others are lucky enough to have parents with PhDs, and some families know professors socially. Most applicants aren’t afforded these opportunities.
The fact is that this type of luck plays an enormous role in how prepared you are for graduate applications. This is unfair to you and unfair to universities looking to educate the best and most motivated students.
We’ve created Academical to provide academic level information to anyone who needs it to level the playing field as much as possible. All too often professors and advisers don’t share these critical tips, and we believe it’s your right to understand the process from an insider perspective before betting your career, self esteem, and hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on applications.
If you’ve ever browsed graduate application forums, you probably noticed very quickly that the same questions crop up over and over again. We’ve answered these questions, along with a few you may not have thought to ask, with brutal honesty in order to give the most realistic picture of the graduate field.
While no one can offer truly “one size fits all” advice, we do our best to diversify our content and provide critical tips to everyone, regardless of your intended field or where you’re applying.
Our writers are experts in their fields, all of whom have universities affiliations. Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oxford, and Carnegie Mellon University are some of the places our writers call home, just to name a few.
If you have any questions or concerns, please ask! We have an open door policy, and no question is stupid!