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Timeline for Applying to Graduate School

Here is a timeline that may be helpful when planning your application to graduate school. Please keep in mind that application deadlines vary by field and by the type of degree you a pursuing.

Junior Year (Year Prior to Applying) 

  • Research programs and institutions. Talk to faculty, alumnae/i, and others who have done graduate work in your field of interest.
  • Collect literature and visit with school representatives at the Graduate and Professional School Information Day in the fall.
  • If you’re interested in applying to medical or other health-related programs, consult with the Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising office in M-N162.

Rising Seniors (Summer Prior to Applying)

  • Obtain applications and catalogs for selected schools, or review literature at school and department websites.
  • Set up a timeline of crucial dates and tasks.
  • Review for and take standardized tests (Juniors should take the MCAT in April or August before Senior year).
  • Visit schools.
  • Write rough drafts of essays.
  • Register with application services for law school and medical school.

First Semester Senior Year (Fall of Application Year)

  • Ask faculty for letters of recommendation and fill out a registration form in the Career Development Office.
  • Take standardized tests if you have not yet done so (Seniors usually take the LSAT in June or October).
  • Apply for Vassar and other fellowships.
  • Attend the Graduate and Professional School Information Day in the fall.
  • Rewrite essays and complete applications.
  • Contact the registrar’s office to have transcripts sent.
  • Set up interviews (if applicable).

Second Semester Senior Year (Spring of Application Year)

  • Check with schools to make sure application file is complete; send fall transcripts.
  • Visit programs that accept you.
  • Send deposit and registration material.