The graduate school from which you ultimately receive your advanced degree will be the foundation of your professional identity for the rest of your life. Because academia rarely gives jobs to would-be professors with degrees from schools which rank lower than the one to which you are applying to teach, you want to be admitted to the best possible graduate school. The process is arduous and requires planning.
The best thing you can do when getting ready to apply for graduate school is to attend the HC Career Workshop with Don Asher. This year's workshop is August 24-26, 2011.
In this section, you will find some general advice, but it is important to talk with faculty on your own about graduate school.