Preparing for Graduate School

Deciding if you want to go to graduate school and finding and applying to specific programs can be difficult!  Career Services is here to guide you through the process.  Review the sub pages indicated in blue on the left side bar for advice on whether graduate school is your best choice, how to find your desired programs, and tips for the application process.

Below are clips of mini-presentations on topics pertaining to the application process.  You will need an updated version of QuickTime.

Introduction to Applying to Graduate School

Is Graduate School Right for You?

Types of Programs

Prepare for Graduate School

Research Graduate Programs

Application Process

Entrance Examinations

Statement of Purpose

Letters of Recommendation

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Financial Aid

Tips to Keep in Mind Throughout the Process


Additional Research

Disclaimer: Please note that the web sites listed under below are not maintained by Career Services but are provided as a convenience to students

Affordable Colleges Online - Information about careers, education requirements, and online degree options

The Princeton Review - Test preparation for standardized tests including SAT, ACT and graduate school entrance exams

Kaplan Test Prep - Preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school

Planning to Apply to Graduate School - Learn if graduate school is for you, graduate programs, application timelines, how to get connected with faculty, and how to excel in college to prepare you for graduate admissions

Graduate School Prep Timeline


  • Freshman/Sophomore Years
    • Focus on your studies
    • Participate in research
    • Begin developing relationships with faculty members who may write recommendations in the future (Go to office hours, Talk to faculty about their research)


  • Junior Year
    • Prepare for and take the GRE
    • Focus on your studies
    • Participate in research
    • Identify graduate fellowships in your field
    • Start exploring graduate schools
    • Identify faculty members who can potentially write recommendations. Do you have at least 4?


  • Senior Year
    • Summer
      • Check out applications and requirements for graduate schools AND fellowships
      • Begin work on your personal statement/research statement
    • August/September
      • Apply for application fee waivers
      • Contact faculty members for recommendations
    • October-January
      • Complete grad school applications
      • Complete fellowship application
      • Take GRE subject test (if required)