Preparing for Graduate School
Prepare During Your Freshman Year
- Explore your interests and abilities.Talk to and visit your academic support system, including advisors, counselors, professors, and graduate students.
- Develop effective study habits and skills.
- Attend workshops, tutorials, guest speakers and campus presenters.
- Establish a solid GPA of at least 3.0.
Prepare During Your Sophomore Year
- Define and establish your personal, life, and career goals.
- Begin to make contacts in your chosen area.
- Identify potential mentoring relationships with professors and graduate students.
- Conduct independent research with a professor.
- Attend graduate and professional school fairs and research presentations.
Prepare During Your Junior Year
Committing and preparing
- Continue to define and re-establish personal, life and career goals.
- Strengthen mentoring relationships. Discuss your interests with professors and others.
- Explore different types of graduate programs. Visit campuses and departments when possible.
- Explore standardized tests, test dates and fees.
- Participate in a summer research internship/experience.
Prepare During Your Senior Year
Applying and selecting
- Take standardized tests (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc).
- Apply early. Electronic applications are the norm for most programs and universities. Inquire about deadlines and other important dates.
- Stay organized. Applying to graduate programs is time- and labor-intensive. Set up an organization system to keep all the pieces of each application together.
- Initiate and maintain funding opportunities, like RAs, TAs, GAs, scholarships, grants, etc.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA) and other external funding opportunities.