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!

Summer

  • 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.

October

  • 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.

November

  • 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.

December/January

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

February

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

April

  • 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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