Just my 2 cents-
I've tried most of the papers being discussed on a broad range of images. Hahnemuhle photo rag has a beautiful weight, extremely fine texture, and does a fabulous job of rendering both detail and color saturation. The matte surface avoids any reflection, gloss differential or bronzing problems. I use this paper for most of my prints. William Turner and Museum Etching can look nice for certain images, but the texture tends to detract from fine detail in landscapes.
For black & white prints, the deeper d-max and hence greater dynamic range provided by photoblack ink is worth the minor hassle of bronzing/gloss differential on glossier paper. After experimenting with everything from Innova f-type gloss to Ilford smooth pearl, I confess that I am still quite satisfied with Epson's premium luster paper. For what it's worth, Pete Turner's current (color) exhibition at George Eastman House is printed entirely on this paper. I find that the excellent d-max and surface texture work great with my black & white landscape images.
Of course, I may be barking up the wrong tree here. Grad school photography programs might be looking for pretentious self-indulgent art school stuff, like torn photos printed on old newspaper stock.