How do I decide which schools to apply to?

There are several important things you might consider when deciding which genetic counseling programs to apply to:

  • School cost (Example: tuition, fees, housing)
  • Availability of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study jobs.
  • Admissions requirements. (Example: Does this school require the GRE? Do I have all the prerequisite courses?)
  • Location (Do you want to stay closer to family? Do you want to live in a big city or smaller college town?)
  • Options for part-time study
  • Size of the program (Genetic counseling programs can range from 4 to 30 students)
  • Elective and specialty courses offered by the program
  • Types of clinic experiences available
  • Teaching style (Example: Independent or guided learning?)


When making the important decision of where to apply it’s a good idea to do thorough research on each of your options. Some students use a table or a spreadsheet, so they can compare each school on a single page and decide which schools fit them best.

The Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling has a great website that organizes each school by state:

Another great resource for students is the College Navigator tool:

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