- Research areas of interest, programs and universities.
- Consult with advisor/department faculty about programs that match your interests and application requirements.
- Register and begin to prepare for graduate admissions exams.
- Take a free practice exam to get a feel for what the real thing will be like.
- Target faculty to ask for letters of recommendation.
Summer before your Senior Year
- Take required graduate admissions exam.
- Contact schools of interest and obtain application materials.
- Visit schools of interest.
- Put together a solid draft (if not a completed version) of your personal statement/admission essay.
- Make a chart of all application deadlines.
Fall of your Senior Year
- Finalize your personal statement. Have it read by AT LEAST one professional staff member in the Student Professional Development Center and/or your faculty advisor.
- Ask faculty—as early as possible—for letters of recommendation. Do not wait to do this! Give them as much time and consideration as you can. They are doing you a BIG favor.
- Take admissions examinations (again, if necessary).
- Contact the Registrar’s office and complete a transcript request for each school to which you’ve applied.
- Submit application materials.
Spring of your Senior Year
- Follow up before the deadline with each school you’ve applied to and make sure your file is complete.
- Visit the schools that accept you and meet with someone in the graduate admissions office if you haven’t already done so.
- Send a deposit to your school of choice.
- Once you’ve decided on your school of choice, notify the other universities to which you’ve been accepted so that your spot may be offered to someone on their wait list.
- Send thank-you notes to the people who’ve assisted you in your application process; let them know of your acceptance(s) and your decision.