Graduate Planning Guide

GraduateĀ Planning Guide for the Application Process

Six Months Prior to Applying

  • Visit
  • Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs
  • Talk to advisors about application requirements
  • Prepare and register for appropriate admissions tests
  • Research national scholarships
  • If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation
  • Talk with institutions about financial aid, graduate assistantship, fellowship.

Three Months Prior to Applying

  • Secure application materials
  • Take required admissions tests
  • Write your application essay
  • Become knowledgeable on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies
  • If required, register for the national application or data assembly service

Fall, a Year Before Graduating

  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Take graduate admission tests if you have not already taken them
  • Send in completed applications

Spring, Graduating Semester

  • Complete the FAFSA and Financial Aid Profile, if required
  • Check with institutions prior to their deadline to make sure your file is complete
  • Visit institutions that accept you
  • Send a deposit to your institution of choice
  • Notify other schools that accepted you of your decision
  • Send thank you notes to people that wrote you recommendation letters