|· Your Department|
|Completion|| Students entering the PhD program leave with a PhD -- not a Masters degree. |
|Politics|| 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.
|Project Involvement|| It is easy to get involved in research projects |
|Funding|| There is sufficient funding for your research. |
|Not Errand Runner|| You are able to focus on completing your thesis -- you are not a lapdog, constantly running errands. |
|Work Level|| You are working hard for an attainable goal (PhD) and completion date -- not just floating with no forseeable time of completion. |
|Payment method|| Alternative payment program such as Teaching Assistanceships are readily available and easy to get involved in. |
|Payment Sufficiency|| 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 -- not against each other.
|Quality of Courses|| Your education at this University (thus far) has been worth your time and money. |
|Faculty Accessibility|| Thesis faculty is available & helpful to you -- not absorbed into personal research. |
|Usefulness|| In the large scheme of things, your research is actually useful. |
|· The University|
|Individual Value|| This University treats you as a person, not just as a number in the factory. |
|Friendliness|| This bunch is one friendly crew. |
|Perceived Campus Safety|| You feel safe both day and night. |
|Campus Aesthetics|| This University is beautifully planned with abounding trees and flowers -- not haphazardly placed concrete. |
|Campus Maintenance|| 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|
|Extracurricular Activities|| Extracurriculars (sports, clubs, student groups, etc ) are easy to get involved with -- not exclusive or of low quality. |
|Scholastic Success|| Scholastic success (exams, homework, projects, etc.) is dependent upon understanding -- not 'random' or dependent upon being able to 'work the system'. |
|Surrounding City|| 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, always things to do &
people to do them with.
There is a strong sense of community between *all* grad students --
not just in own department, but between departments as well.
How would you rate the prospect pool/chances for finding your
"significant other" (i.e. wife or husband) here?