|· Your Department
| Students entering the PhD program leave with a PhD -- not a Masters degree.
| Your Graduate school actually about the science of research -- not bogged down with irrelevant politics.
The research that takes place in your Graduate school is of Nobel prize quality -- not
Mad scientist quality.
| It is easy to get involved in research projects
| There is sufficient funding for your research.
| You are able to focus on completing your thesis -- you are not a lapdog, constantly running errands.
| You are working hard for an attainable goal (PhD) and completion date -- not just floating with no forseeable time of completion.
| Alternative payment program such as Teaching Assistanceships are readily available and easy to get involved in.
| Compared to the cost of living, the alternative compensation programs (TA, etc) provide you sufficient resources to live off of.
| Everyone in your field works together for common understanding and progress.
|Quality of Courses
| Your education at this University (thus far) has been worth your time and money.
| Thesis faculty is available & helpful to you -- not absorbed into personal research.
| In the large scheme of things, your research is actually useful.
|· The University
| This University treats you as a person, not just as a number in the factory.
| This bunch is one friendly crew.
|Perceived Campus Safety
| You feel safe both day and night.
| This University is beautifully planned with abounding trees and flowers -- not haphazardly placed concrete.
| Windows are fixed, bathrooms kept in order, recreational facilities maintained -- nothing is in a 'falling apart' condition.
|University Resource Use
| University resources provide opportunities for students, through facilities and programs, to learn and grow -- instead of being spent on 'proUniversity' propaganda.
|· Social / Interactive
| Extracurriculars (sports, clubs, student groups, etc ) are easy to get involved with -- not exclusive or of low quality.
| Scholastic success (exams, homework, projects, etc.) is dependent upon understanding -- not 'random' or dependent upon being able to 'work the system'.
| There are many things to do in your city -- not a small, isolated campus with no night life.
| There is a great social life and atmosphere, party every night.