Timeline for Applying

Spring/Summer Before Applying

  • Identify graduate areas of interest
  • Locate graduate schools that have your program of interest. Some helpful resources include www.gradschools.com, www.petersons.com, and www.princetonreview.com
  • Meet with faculty and career counselors to discuss graduate school options
  • Request catalogs and application materials from potential graduate schools
  • Determine test requirements, prerequisites and application deadlines
  • Register and prepare for appropriate standardized test (GRE, MAT, GMAT, etc.)
    • Fee waivers are also available to reduce the cost of taking the exam for those who qualify
  • Research financial aid options including scholarships, loans and assistantships
  • Contact faculty members at potential graduate schools to learn more about their program 
  • Visit the graduate school while school is in session so you can get a better idea of what the campus is like (atmosphere, student body, professors, etc.)

Fall Semester of Senior Year

  • Ask faculty in your department to write letters of recommendation. Provide them with your resume, transcript, deadlines for application, instructions for submitting, and stamped and addressed envelopes
  • Request copies of your official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions that you have attended
  • Take standardized tests and have your scores sent directly to the schools
    • It may be a good idea to take these exams over the summer so that you not only have more time to study, but you also will have time to retake them if you are unhappy with your scores.
  • Write your personal statement for your applications.  Have your statement reviewed by the Reading and Writing Center.
  • Apply for scholarships, fellowships, grants and assistantships
  • Mail applications as early as possible

Spring Semester of Senior Year

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA
  • Verify that your application materials were received and are complete
  • Prepare for on-campus interviews, if required
  • Talk with family, faculty or a member of the Career Center about acceptances and rejections
  • Make your decision and send in the deposit
  • Continue to apply for assistantships if needed