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Graduate Application Timeline
Below is a timeline to help you in planning your application process. If you are taking a gap year(s), you can use this as a guide to plan backwards from your intended application year.
Years One to Two or One to Three
- Meet with Steinbright's graduate and pre-professional advisor to start building your timeline and to explore options and opportunities available to you.
- Use school resources, such as the Writing Center, to maintain a strong GPA from day one.
- Get involved with a student group that will both strengthen your application and apply to your interests.
- Start building your résumé or CV to prepare your applications for co-op.
- Assess academic standing and plans for completing prerequisite courses with your academic advisor. Identify and connect with faculty for mentorship, research opportunities, and professional advice.
- Seek out campus leadership opportunities and community involvement. Be strategic in choosing settings that could make you a competitive candidate. Continue gaining experience in your field, as mentioned above.
- Attend graduate school fairs to continue growing your network and knowledge of programs available.
- Work with the pre-professional advisor to begin looking at schools/programs of interest and choose several.
- Start familiarizing yourself with testing requirements. If testing such as the GRE or GMAT is necessary, begin to study approximately six months prior to testing date.
- Create a budget for applications that will include testing, test preparation materials, and application fees for each program of interest, including secondary application fees.
- Develop a budget for both tuition and living expenses related to continued schooling.
- Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA and find out what you are eligible for in loans.
- Consider what faculty, advisors, and mentors could potentially write your letters of recommendation and consult with them so that you can include their names on your application.
- Keep regular contact with your pre-professional advisor to fine tune your application strategy, schools of interest, personal statement, and/or statement of purpose. Discuss alternatives with your pre-professional advisor in case of a needed gap year or change in career plans.
- By the end of the summer, you should have taken any mandatory testing so that you will be ready to start applying in the fall.
- Continue involvement, research, and/or meaningful volunteering and shadowing that can be added to your experiences when applying.
- Complete and submit applications. Many programs have deadlines in December. Prioritize applications both on due date and desire to attend.
- Order and submit official transcripts for each school you are applying to.
- Apply for the financial aid available through the graduate program — assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, etc.
- Prepare and plan for schools visits.
- If your programs of choice require an interview, prepare with the graduate and pre-professional advisor for different types of interviews.
- Evaluate acceptance offers and talk with your pre-professional advisor for guidance.
- Write thank you notes to people who have helped you.
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