Preparing For Grad School

How to apply for grad school

Junior year

Spring

  • research your areas of interest and graduate programs in your field
  • discuss the application process and your prospects with advisors

Summer

  • take the GRE general test
  • obtain university application forms for admission, fellowships and financial aid
  • register for GRE subject test, if necessary
  • draft and edit the writing sample you will submit with your applications

Senior year

September

  • discuss grad schools and letters of recommendation with your advisors
  • check application deadlines for admission and fellowships

October

  • take GRE subject test, if necessary
  • revise your writing sample and personal statement and ask advisors for reactions
  • apply for major fellowships, if appropriate (Fulbright, Javits, Mellon, etc.)

November

  • polish your writing sample/personal statement in consultation with advisor
  • request letters of recommendation and provide addressed envelopes and forms

December

  • finish and mail applications; double-check your letters of recommendation

February–April

  • make campus visits to schools where you have been admitted

April

  • make your decision after consultations with advisors, friends and grad school contacts