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Graduate School Checklist

Use this checklist to assess where you are and determine where you need to be in preparation for graduate/professional school. If you would like personal assistance in creating a timeline that works specifically for you, contact our office to schedule an appointment with a career adviser.

While some of the items below suggest that there are opportunities in both fall and spring, remember that most selective admissions programs will require a completed application to be submitted prior to the end of the fall semester. It is imperative that you know when graduate exams are being offered so that results are available in time for an application to be considered complete. Seniors, start your application process early in the fall semester or during the summer prior to school starting.

  • Check deadlines - be sure to apply early, most early admissions deadlines for fall enrollment occur between November and January
  • Research programs through conversations with faculty, alumni, your career adviser and utilizing the online resources available through the Career Services website
  • Participate in the Graduate/Professional School Fair in October
  • Investigate the necessary entrance exams for your program and take the exam during the summer before senior year
  • Register to take the GRE, MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT practice exams offered during the fall and spring semesters
  • Schedule an interview to participate in Professional Practice Interview Days in October/February
  • Finalize the number of schools to which you will apply and visit your top 2-3 choices
  • Prepare your personal statement, resume, and other application materials to be reviewed by a career adviser and faculty member 6-8 weeks prior to application deadlines
  • Request letters of reference 4-6 weeks prior to application deadlines
  • Investigate the possibility of financial assistance in the form of fellowships, assistantships (research/teaching/graduate), scholarships, and loans