Welcome back! As you become acquainted with your coursework for the semester, those of you interested in pursuing graduate school in the Fall of 2015 can start your prep work now to avoid a stressful, last-minute application process later.
To keep yourself on track to be accepted into the graduate school of your choice, be mindful of the following things you should be doing this semester:
- Financial aid options: grants, loans, fellowships and assistantships. Weed out programs you can’t pursue because they don’t offer the financial support you need
- Testing requirements: GRE, LSAT, and MCAT to name a few
- Social media: follow the programs on Facebook and Twitter for updates
- PROGRAM DEADLINES: Some competitive admissions offices require completion of materials as early as October of the year prior
- Visit Career Development Services or Petersons.edu for program information
GATHER YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS
- Take your entrance exams ASAP to get them out of the way
- Visit the FGCU registrar to see what the process is for sending out your transcripts
- Line up your references and provide them with all of the information they need AT LEAST 60 DAYS BEFORE THE APPLICATION DEADLINE – this includes your resume, application essays, description of the graduate programs, and each program’s deadline
- Start to fill out the application materials: read all of the instructions CAREFULLY. Be mindful that some schools require separate application processes for the university and the program department. Have family, Career Development Services staff, or faculty proof read your materials
- APPLY! Make sure you adhere to program deadlines – the sooner you apply, the better
If you have the time and resources to travel, visit the universities you’re applying to. Some programs host on-campus, open house programs for prospective students to meet faculty, department directors, and current students. For programs that are too far for your travel means, call program faculty and directors for an informational interview about its students, learning outcomes, and opportunities.
Graduate programs are similar to employers in that they are interested in applicants with relevant experience – work, internship, volunteer or research. Visit Career Development Services to help you find these opportunities.