Our department has an excellent record of placing students into graduate programs. In the past 15 years, psychology students from Beloit have earned doctorates at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of California, University of Virginia, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina, Loyola University, DePaul University, and Harvard University. Other recent graduates can be found in master's programs, medical schools, and law schools in the United States and Canada.
If you are considering graduate school, you should discuss steps and options with your advisor no later than the second semester of your junior year. This is necessary to allow time for receiving applications in the mail and registering for the required entrance exams. In psychology, most students take the Graduate Record Exam and the Advanced Subject Test in Psychology during their senior year. Do not automatically rule out graduate school for financial reasons. Many programs offer tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Much information about graduate programs is available in our common area. The most important reference is Graduate Study in Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association. This book contains program summaries, entrance requirements, application/acceptance ratios, information about fees, and addresses for obtaining additional information. A copy is available for use in the department. We also have a file cabinet filled with individual program descriptions and a bookcase with many other resources including The Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology, and Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students.
Another helpful source of information is the website http://psych.hanover.edu/gradframe.html. This page has lots of information and advice for psychology students who are beginning to think about graduate school and career plans.
Also see "Letters of Recommendation" section.