Graduate School Application Timetable

Junior Year, Fall and Spring

  • Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
  • Talk to advisors about application requirements.
  • Register and prepare for graduate admission tests.
  • Investigate national scholarships, fellowships, etc.
  • If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation.

Summer, Following Junior Year

  • Take required admission tests.
  • Write for application materials.
  • Visit institutions of interest, if possible.
  • Write application essay.
  • Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.

Senior Year, Fall

  • Obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Take graduate admissions tests if you haven't already.
  • Send in completed applications.

Senior Year, Spring

  • Register for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service (GAPSFAS), or the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, if required.
  • Check with all institutions before the deadline to make sure your application file is complete.
  • Visit institutions that accepted you.
  • Send deposit to your institution of choice.
  • Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your decision so they can admit students on their waiting list.