I did do a search on this forum before posting this, but all of the posts I found were for single parents in med. school or pharmacy school. I will be applying to Ph.D programs for a 2010 entry in animal behavior and cognition, and have a daughter who will be 4 going on 5 at the time of entry. I have the grades, the publications, the internships/research experience (3, actually), and great recommendations. So, assume I'm getting funded (and obviously assume I get in - cross your fingers while you're at it ha). I guess there are a few things I'm looking for. First, any success stories? Second, any suggestions on how to get along as cheaply as possible - I'll be looking into student university housing, etc. I'd also like to hear from those who have completed their first few years what their schedules are like - 7am to 7pm? Less? More? There's a lot of factors that are going into my decision. I don't want to leave my child mother-less while I pursue my education, and getting accepted to a school near where my soon to be ex lives would be great to have his support as well (we're still friends); but my #1 and 2 schools aren't in the area, and I'm trying to be realistic about what my life will be like without him or my family around, or if it could even happen. The four main areas I'm looking at are Boston, Baltimore, Madison (WI) and Boulder/Fort Collins (CO).