Here is an Application Action Plan to help you stay on track to pursue your graduate school ambitions.
Fall and Spring of your Junior year
- Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
- Talk to advisers about application requirements.
- Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admission tests
- Investigate national scholarships.
- If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation.
Summer between Junior and Senior year
- Take required graduate admissions tests.
- Work on your application materials.
- Visit institutions on interest if possible.
- Write your application essay.
- Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
- For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
Fall of your Senior year
- Obtain letters of recommendation.
- Take graduate admission tests if you haven’t already
- Send in completed applications.
- Complete the FASFA, if required.
Spring of your Senior year
- Check with all institutions before the deadline to make sure your file is complete.
- Visit institutions that accept you. Send a deposit to your institution of choice.
- Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your decision so that they may admit students on their waiting lists.
- Send a thank-you note to people who wrote recommendation letters, informing them of your success.