GVSU Career Center
Graduate School Timeline
Institutional timelines will vary, as will the deadlines and requirements of different graduate programs.
First Year in College
- Begin to identify your strengths and challenges.
- Work to maintain a competitive GPA.
- Get involved on campus through student organizations, volunteer opportunities, and research.
- Seek leadership opportunities on campus and scholarship/ research opportunities with faculty.
- Talk with faculty about what graduate schools are looking for in students.
- Consider internship or study abroad activities for the coming semesters.
- Meet with an advisor or career counselor about your future academic and professional goals.
- Strive to make the Dean's list.
- Investigate programs and colleges of interest. Contact school representatives regarding and questions or concerns you may have.
- Register for admission exams you will need to take (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc)
- Talk with faculty in your area of interest who could provide guidance and letters of recommendation.
- Review application materials from each school and write drafts of the required essays. Ask for feedback from trusted faculty.
- Request letters of recommendation from faculty members who know your academic and personal strengths.
- Research financial aid options at each school; including scholarships, fellowships/assistantships, and loans.
- Finalize your essays. Be sure to answer all questions specified in the application.
- Request official copies of your transcripts.
- Apply for fellowships, assistantships, and/or grants.
- Consider visiting schools and prepare for interviews.
- Complete the FAFSA or other financial aid applications as required by individual schools.
- Meet with a faculty member/ counselor to discuss acceptances, rejections, and further decision making.
Page last modified October 22, 2013