Career Development

Preparing for Graduate School

Graduate Admissions Timeline

Fall of your Junior Year
  • Compile a list of your top ten schools based on your areas of interest.
  • Investigate financial aid options: fellowships, assistantships, and loans.
  • Become familiar with admissions requirements—they vary by school.
Winter — Junior Year
  • Narrow your list to top five schools for your area of interest.
  • Visit campus of top five schools, and meet faculty and students.
Spring — Junior Year
  • Send for application materials.
  • Register for graduate tests required for your area of study.
  • Begin preparing for graduate tests.
  • Request letters of recommendation.
  • Write draft statement of purpose.
  • Obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Request grade transcripts –send directly to schools.
  • Finalize statement of purpose.
Fall — Senior Year
  • Check application deadlines for schools to which you will apply.
  • Take graduate admission (standardized) tests.
  • Apply for national fellowships.
  • Submit application materials.
Spring — Senior Year
  • Schedule confirmation visits to schools.
  • Notify chosen college of your acceptance.
  • Notify other colleges and financial aid providers if you are declining their offers.
  • Make plans to move to new school—housing, banking, etc.

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