Graduate School Timetable for College Seniors

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by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.



  • Register to take standardized graduate admissions test for your field. Get more information
  • Contemplate key people to ask to write letters of recommendation
  • Finalize list of graduate programs and request application materials
  • Begin to research forms of financial aid and assistance


  • Take standardized admissions tests
  • Begin drafting personal statement and any essays required of graduate programs
  • Check out these tips for writing your application essay
  • Complete applications forms
  • Request all transcripts be sent to graduate schools
  • Ask for letters of recommendation or distribute recommendation forms


  • Finalize personal statements and essays tailored to each graduate program after getting feedback on them from your adviser or favorite professor — or other key professionals


  • Mail completed applications — only after carefully proofreading all materials


  • Follow-up with all graduate programs to make sure your application is complete


  • Consider visiting your top graduate school choices


  • Discuss acceptance progress with your adviser or favorite professor
  • Notify each graduate program that accepted you of your intentions

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