Graduate School Admissions
If you plan on attending graduate school the following calendar outlines the steps necessary for submitting all of your admissions materials on time.
- Research Schools and programs and gather application requirements.
- Take the necessary standardized tests for admissions.
- Decide who to ask for letters of recommendation.
- Write a draft of your Personal Statement.
- Finalize list of schools that you will apply to.
- Create a master list of specific items due for each school.
- Establish relationship with academic advisor at each school if possible.
- Finalize your Personal Statement and other graduate school admissions.
- Ask your chosen evaluators for letters of recommendation. Provide each evaluator with a copy of your personal statement, the appropriate forms and instructions, and anything else that they may request.
- Note any questions or essay topics that will require your attention.
- Research sources of financial aid to make paying for graduate school a possibility.
- Arrange for transcripts to be sent to applicant schools. If applicable, request that the registrar hold your transcript until the Fall semester grades are in.
- Complete application forms & confirm receipt of transcript request and delivery ETA.
- Finalize essays and arrange to have them reviewed – spell check!
- Apply for fellowships, free scholarships and research other ways to make paying for graduate school a possibility.
- Confirm that evaluators have submitted letters of recommendation.
- Review each application for completion
- Mail applications
- Relax & breathe!
- Most schools send a postcard upon receipt of each application. Keep track of these. If you don't receive a postcard or letter, contact the admissions office by email or phone to ensure that your application has been received before the deadline.
- Depending on your field, start planning for the admissions interviews. What questions will you ask? Prepare answers to common questions.
- Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. You'll need your tax forms to do this.
- Visit schools to which you've been accepted.
- Discuss acceptances and rejections with a faculty member or the career/graduate admissions counselor at your school.
- Notify the program of your acceptance.
- Notify programs that you're declining.