Junior Year, Fall and Spring

  • Research areas of interest, identify appropriate institutions and programs
  • Talk with your professors and a professional in the field of interest to get ideas and information about schools to which you might want to apply
  • Talk to advisors about application requirements (Academic, Career Development, Graduate Admissions)
  • Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admissions test (GRE, GMAT, MAT, LSAT, MCAT)
  • Get internship experience if your field of interest when possible
  • Investigate national scholarships and graduate assistantships at universities to which you areapplying

Junior Year, Summer

  • Take required graduate admissions test
  • Write or call for application materials
  • Write application essays
  • Visit universities and colleges of interest
  • Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies
  • Begin collecting financial aid, fellowship and scholarship information
  • For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use

Senior Year, Fall

  • Obtain letters of recommendation and establish a credential file in Career Development
  • Take graduate admissions tests if you haven't already (or retake)
  • Send in completed applications no later than December 30th
  • Register for Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service (GAPSFAS) and complete a financial aid form (FAF) if required

Senior Year, Spring

  • January 1 - February 15: Application Deadlines. Make sure your application is completed and sent in on time
  • Check with all universities before the deadline to ensure that all transcripts, (send fall transcripts) recommendation letters, and other supporting material arrived
  • Visit universities that accept you
  • If you plan to live in university housing, apply for space
  • Continue to maintain contact with schools and departments about fellowships and assistantships
  • Send a deposit and registration material to the university of your choice
  • Notify other universities that have accepted you of your decision to attend another institution so they may admit students on their waiting list
  • Send thank you letters to people who wrote your recommendation letters and inform them of your success