This timetable is suggested by Peterson's Annual Guides to Graduate Study and represents the ideal for most students. However, requirements vary by school and should be noted.
Junior Year - Fall and Spring
- Research institutions offering graduate programs in your area of interest.
- Talk to your academic advisor about graduate school in general, and ask for advice on programs to research.
- Narrow your selection to two or three institutions.
- Investigation national and local scholarships.
- Find out which admission exams are required and pick up test bulletins.
- Request the school catalog, application materials, and financial aid information online or by telephone.
- Write to the prospective department for additional information regarding graduate assistantships offered by the university. Pay close attention to application deadlines.
- Visit the institutions of interest.
- Check on application deadlines and admissions procedures.
- Begin to prepare your application forms and application essay.
- For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
- Obtain letters of recommendation.
- Take graduate admissions tests if you haven't already.
- Send in completed applications and other required materials by the deadline to both the Graduate Admissions Office and the prospective department.
- Send a deposit to your institution of choice.
- Register for the Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Service if required.
- Check with all institutions before the deadline to make sure your application file is complete.
- Prepare for a visit and possible interview with institutions that have an interest in you.
- Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your acceptance to a program, so they may admit students on their waiting list.
- Send thank you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters, informing them of your success.