It is important to start gathering information early in order to be able to complete your applications on time. Ideally you should start the process a full year and a half before your anticipated date of matriculation. Most deadlines for the Fall's entering class fall between January and March. However, there are some exceptions. You should, in all cases, meet formal deadlines. Beyond this, you should be aware of the fact that many schools with rolling admissions encourage and act upon early applications. Below is an ideal timetable for most students.
*Click here to print a Graduate School Timeline Check List. This is a word document that will guide you in your application process and let you keep a record of your application materials.
______ Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
______ Talk to your advisor and professors about interests and application requirements.
______ Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admission tests.
______ Take required graduate admission tests.
______ Write for application materials.
______ Visit institutions of interest, if possible.
______ Write your application essay.
______ Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
______ 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 admission tests if you haven't already.
______ Send in completed applications.
______ Register for financial aid.
______ Mail transcripts and letters of recommendations.
______ Make plans to visit select institutions during winter break.
______ Check with institutions before the deadline to make sure your file is complete.
______ Visit Institutions that accept you.
______ Send a deposit to your institution of choice.
______ Notify other colleges of your decision so they may admit others.
______ Send thank-you notes to people who wrote recommendation letters, informing them of your success.
The Graduate Application Process-Very good timetable from Petersons.