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Graduate School Application Timeline

Junior Year:

  • 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.


Graduate Professional School Guide