Grad School Timeline
So, when should you apply to graduate school?
The following timetable is suggested by Peterson's
Annual Guides to Graduate Study and
represents the ideal for most students. However, requirements vary by
school and should be noted. (*)
• Research institutions offering graduate programs in your area of
• Talk to your
academic advisor about graduate school in general, and ask for advice on
programs to research.
Narrow your selection to two or three institutions.
• Investigate national and local scholarships
• Find out which admission exams are required and pick up test
bulletins. Take required admissions tests.
• Request the school catalog, application materials, and financial aid
information online or by telephone.
• Write to the prospective department for additional information
regarding graduate assistantships offered by the university. Pay close
attention to application deadlines.
• Visit the institutions of interest.
• Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions procedures.
• Begin to prepare your application forms and write your application
• For medical,
dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register
for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
• Obtain letters of recommendation.
• Take graduate admissions tests if you haven't already.
• Send in completed applications and other required materials by the
deadline to both the Graduate Admissions Office and the prospective
• Send a
deposit to your institution of choice.
• Register for the Graduate and Professional Financial Aid Service
(GAPSFAS) or the Financial Aid Form (FAF), if required.
• Check with all institutions before the deadline to make sure your
application file is complete and all supporting materials have been
• Prepare for a
visit and interview with institutions that have an interest in you.
• Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your
acceptance to a program, so they may admit students on their waiting
• Send thank you
notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters, informing them of
may not be able to adhere to this timetable if your application
deadlines are very early, as in the case of medical schools, or if you
decided to attend graduate school at the last minute. In any case, keep
in mind the various application requirements and be sure to meet all
deadlines. If deadlines are impossible to meet, call the institution to
determine if a late application will be considered. You may get lucky.
Information taken from WestPACS
Graduate School Guide