Graduate School Application Timeline
- Decide which fields interest you and then start looking for programs and schools that match your interests. Visit the campus if possible.
- Investigate what kind of financial aid options will be available to you including grants, loans, and assistantships.
- Prepare for entrance exams and schedule them.
- Request application materials from prospective graduate schools.
- Keep your grades up! Take courses that are relevant to your field of study.
- Consider who you would ask to be references or to write letters of recommendation. Discuss your goals with your references. Keep in contact by email or phone.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your graduate study goals.
Summer before Senior Year:
- Complete an internship and/or research project. Volunteer experiences are beneficial too.
- Read information from each school and review each application carefully. Note deadlines and requirements. Choose which ones you are going to apply to.
- Fill out your applications and begin working on personal statements.
- Take any entrance exams that are required to apply to each school.
- Schedule an appointment or interview at potential graduate schools, if necessary.
- Update your resume. Take it to the Career Services Center to be reviewed.
Fall of Senior Year:
- Obtain any last minute application materials from schools you have selected. Identify deadlines and requirements. Line up references.
- Request your transcripts to be sent to the graduate schools that you are applying to.
- Evaluate each schools financial aid processes and pursue financial assistance opportunities.
- Evaluate the schools and determine which ones you will apply to. Visit the schools; meet with a counselor or graduate student in your prospective program.
- Submit application materials before the deadline. Check with the schools to make sure they received all of your information on time.
Spring of Senior Year:
- Review acceptance letters and notify each school of your decisions to attend or decline acceptance.
- Inform your references of your progress and decision.
- Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Respond to financial aid opportunities that have been offered to you.
- Send your final transcripts after graduation.
- Finalize enrollment and attend orientation sessions and consider residence options.