Grad School Timeline

Grad School Checklist

Junior Year:

  • Start browsing through guides to graduate programs and deciding where you would like to apply.
  • Call, e-mail, or write schools to request catalogues.
  • Determine test requirements, application deadlines, test dates, etc.
  • Meet with faculty members and career counselors to discuss programs.
  • Sign up for required standardized tests. Take practice tests.

Senior Year - September & October:

  • Take standardized tests.
  • Write draft of statement of purpose.
  • Research financial aid sources, fellowships and assistantships.
  • Meet with an advisor in the Center for Experiential and Integrative Learning for information on tests and financial assistance and for a critique of the draft of the statement of purpose.
  • Request recommendations from faculty members.

Senior Year - November & December:

  • Order official transcripts from the Registrar's Office. Ask if office can send a transcript with your fall term grades in time to meet the deadlines of the programs.
  • Finalize statement of purpose according to the question asked on the application.
  • Mail applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good to get applications in early.
  • Apply for fellowships, grants and assistantships.

Senior Year - January through March:

  • Contact schools about the possibility of visiting and scheduling an interview.
  • Fill out the FAFSA form. If you are applying for need based financial aid, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax returns.

Senior Year - April:

  • Discuss acceptance, rejections and other career options with a faculty member or a member of the PSGE staff.

If you would like to defer enrollment for one or two years, contact your graduate department concerning that possibility. If you are rejected, it may be helpful to contact the school and discuss the reasons for your rejection and obtain suggestions on what action you can take to get admitted in the future. You are encouraged to discuss these steps and future plans with your advisor.