GradTrek is an easy-to-use tool for grad school search, but a few hints and tips can help you search faster and better.

1. Start on a desktop or laptop

GradTrek works well on a tablet and even a smartphone. But we recommend starting on a desktop or laptop computer. GradTrek is a powerful piece of software with lots of content aggregation, and everything goes more smoothly when you have more screen space.

2. Focus on the Subjects page

This is the most important page in the survey by far. We recommend coming back to this page several times to adjust your subject searches. Our database includes over 400 subjects, and many degrees fall into multiple subject categories.

3. Don’t choose a Specific Degree unless absolutely necessary

There are almost a thousand different degree types in our data set. Unless you are absolutely positively 100% sure what specific degree you want, you’re better off choosing either doctoral-level, masters-level, or certificate-level degrees and then choosing subjects. This way you’re likely to find types of degrees that you may not have known about that may be a good fit for you.

4. Save programs with the “+” button and take notes

When searching for graduate programs there’s no longer any need to fill folders with information about various programs’ deadlines and admissions requirements, or even to construct spreadsheets summarizing the status of your applications. You can do most if not all of this work with the My Programs page and the Notes feature (use the notepad icon). Once you’ve gotten started, you can easily view, add, or delete programs using your phone or other mobile device.

Finally, when you reach GradTrek’s results pages, whatever you do–don’t stop! You can click on the program to navigate to the degree program page, or on the “+” button to save the program to your profile. From there you can write notes for each program, and your notes will be automatically saved.

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Having trouble with the location feature? Here’s how to search by city, zip code, or state.

One of the best time-saving features in GradTrek is the ability to search for graduate degrees by distance from a city, state, or zip code. Just be sure to click on the red plus button, as illustrated in the screenshots below.

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Now your results will only include programs within the chosen distance from your city.

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Questions & Help was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by gradtrek