How to apply for graduate school

Now that you've narrowed down your choices for the graduate schools you'd like to attend, it's time to complete the application. As stated in our proposed Graduate School Timeline, you should begin submitting applications during the early weeks of the Winter term of your senior year. By then you should have already asked for recommendations and polished your personal statement.

If we had to narrow our advice to two words, here's what we would choose: Don't procrastinate!

However, the length of a web page is endless, so we'll add a few more words. You must allow enough time to gather all the information, seek input from us in Career Services or from your professors, and to give your recommenders enough time to write thoughtful letters of recommendation on your behalf. You will also want to be sure your personal statement convinces the selection committee that your experience, interests and talents make you an excellent fit for their program.

This page has given you merely a glimpse into the graduate school application process. Please use this downloadable Applying to Graduate School booklet to guide you through each step. And of course, we are here to assist you in the Career Services Office.