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Graduate School Application Process

Graduate School Application Process


These links provide good advice for composing your personal statement, an essential part of your application:

These websites offer information regarding application processes, including essays, financial aid, school rankings, and making transitions between college and grad school:

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Law School information

  • Law School Admissions Council: Learn about the different types of Law Programs, What to expect in Law School, How to Prepare and Apply to Law School, and Registering for the LSAT


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Third Year: Fall and Spring

Third Year: Summer

  • Investigate national scholarships. 
  • Take required graduate admission tests. 
  • Visit institutions of interest, if possible. If not, call to discuss programs with appropriate program coordinators. 
  • Write your application essay. Have it critiqued by Career Development and/or a writing professor/writing center. 
  • Check on application deadlines vs. rolling admissions policies (both for programs of study and assistantships). 
  • For medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry, or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use. 

Final Year: Fall

  • Obtain letters of recommendation. 
  • Request copies of your transcript from the Registrar's office and send them separately, or with the application, as requested. 
  • Take graduate admission tests if you have not already done so. 
  • Apply for financial aid or student loans, as well as scholarships, if desired or necessary. 
  • Send completed applications. 

Final Year: Spring

  • Check with institutions before deadlines to make sure files are complete. 
  • Interview at institutions that require an interview for either program admittance or assistantships. 
  • Visit institutions that accept you, investigate housing options, and make the final decision. 
  • Talk to students currently enrolled in the program. 
  • Send deposit to the institution of choice. 
  • Make housing arrangements (such as completing the application for graduate housing or an off-campus apartment). 
  • Notify other institutions that accepted you so that they may admit the students on their waiting list. 
  • Send thank-you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters, and inform them of your success. 

You may not be able to adhere to this timetable if your application deadlines are very early, as is the case with medical schools, or if you decide 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 see if a late application will be considered.

Modified from Peterson's Graduate and Professional Programs Guide

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