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Application Timetable for Graduate School
If youre thinking about going to graduate school, you should begin planning at least 15 months before the program starts. Here is a typical application timetable: June to August ◾Think about what type of graduate school you want to attend and what you want to achieve. ◾Compile a (full story below)
If youre thinking about going to graduate school, you should begin planning at least 15 months before the program starts.

Here is a typical application timetable:

June to August
◾Think about what type of graduate school you want to attend and what you want to achieve.
◾Compile a list of potential graduate schools youd like to attend.
◾Visit the grad school websites to see what the application process is like
◾Start thinking about who should write recommendations for you
◾Research financial aid sources for grad students
◾Find out what standardized tests youll need to take and how much time youll need to prepare. For example: GMAT (Business School), LSAT (Law School), MCAT (Medical School), GRE (Humanities) . . .
◾Research test preparation courses for your program

September
◾Request applications if the schools website doesnt provide it online
◾Register for any standardized tests you need to take
◾Write a first draft of your application essay
◾Take a test preparation course
◾Start visiting graduate schools you are serious about attending
◾Request your undergraduate transcripts
◾Create a list of schools you plan on applying to (with their application deadlines)

October/November
◾Start talking with those people you want to recommend you, and ask them to submit their recommendation within a month
◾Take your standardized exam(s)

December
◾Write a second draft of your positioning paper
◾Submit your applications for financial aid
◾Make sure all recommendation letters have been sent in

January
◾Complete your final draft of your application essay and have it proofread by several different people
◾Submit your loan/scholarship applications
◾Send in your application essays, forms, et al. to the schools

February
◾Prepare yourself for any upcoming interviews at the grad schools you applied to
◾Make sure all the grad schools have received your complete application

Upon Acceptance
◾Notify the school you plan on attending
◾Plan on leaving your job
◾Have a party and get ready for several years of hard work and drinking tons of coffee

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