Preparing for Graduate School

Graduate School Resources

Help is available!

  • Discuss your goals and options with a counselor.
  • Search for grad schools online with,, or
  • Get information on graduate admission tests, (GRE, GMAT, LSAT), including registration booklets and test reviews available in our office.
  • Practice the GREs or GMATs.
  • Get help with the application process (e.g., writing graduate admission essays, getting into graduate school) by consulting with a counselor or borrowing books and videos from the Career Services lending library.
  • Find fellowship and scholarship information available in our resource room.
  • Application deadlines vary greatly. They can be as early as August BEFORE your senior year (common for medical schools) or as late as spring/summer of your senior year for programs with rolling admissions. Most deadlines are USUALLY between January and March for fall admission. ALWAYS meet formal deadlines and REMEMBER, many schools encourage and act upon early applications.


Junior Year

If you wish to attend graduate school immediately after graduation, it is important to complete the following steps during your junior year.

  • Research areas of interest, institutions and programs.
  • Talk to advisers, professors and counselors about interests and application requirements.
  • Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admission tests.
  • Investigate national scholarships.
  • Consult with Career Services to explore options and utilize available resources. Take required admission tests.
  • Write for application materials, and note deadlines!
  • Visit institutions of interest, if possible.
  • Write your application essay.
  • For medical or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service most programs use.
  • Register for fall admission tests if you are not satisfied with current scores. (Note: December tests usually fall around finals and also may be too late to meet deadlines.) 


Senior Year

If you wish to attend graduate school immediately after graduation, it is important to complete the following steps during your senior year.

  • Obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Complete and mail applications.
  • Attend the Graduate/Professional Schools Fair on campus and other forums related to graduate study.
  • Develop your resume to apply for graduate assistant positions available.
  • Apply for financial aid and/or student loans.
  • Take appropriate admission tests.
  • Check (before the deadline) to see if your file is complete.
  • Visit institutions that accept you and send your deposit to the school of your choice.
  • Notify other schools of your choice so they may admit others from their waiting list. Send thank you notes to those who wrote your recommendations and notify them of your success.