Grad School Timetable

This timetable is approximate, but offers steps that you need to think about no later than the summer before your senior year. It is a good idea to start as soon as possible!


  • Write a draft statement of purpose/personal statement.
  • Start browsing through guides to graduate programs, websites, and university catalogs.

August September

  • Meet with faculty members you have worked with to discuss your personal statement and learn about possible programs.
  • Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation.
  • Sign up for required standardized tests.


  • Take standardized tests
  • Determine the schools to which you plan to apply and request application materials.
  • Finish your timeline based on each institutions deadline and financial aid deadlines.
  • Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each applications specific needs.
  • Order transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.


  • Complete application forms (First do a draft on a photocopy of the form).
  • Give your recommenders all the information that they will need to write recommendations for you for each of your application schools.


  • Mail applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good to get the applications in early.


  • Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible.


  • If you are applying for need based financial aid programs, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax return.

Information adapted from Graduate School and You, The Council of Graduate Schools.


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