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Resources for Prospective Graduate Students
- Essential Words for the GRE by Philip Geer Ed.M.
- Get Into Graduate School: A Strategic Approach for Master's & Doctoral Candidates by Kaplan
- Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice by Donald Asher
- Graduate Schools in the U.S. 2011 by Peterson's
- Graduate School and You: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students by Clara Sue Kidwell and Cheryl A. Flagg
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Timetable for Applying to Graduate School1
- Write a draft statement of purpose/personal statement.
- Start browsing through guides to graduate programs, Web sites, and college catalogs.
- Begin studying for required standardized tests.
- Meet with faculty members you know to discuss your personal statement and learn about possible programs.
- Ask for letters of recommendations.
- Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process.
- Sign up for required standardized tests.
- Take standardized tests.
- Determine the schools to which you plan to apply, and request application materials.
- Contact programs about the possibility of visiting. Make trips if possible.
- Finish your timeline based on each institution's application and financial aid deadlines.
- Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each application's specific needs.
- Order transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (If fall-term grades are expected, check with the staff in the registrar's office to see if a transcript including fall-term grades can be sent in time to meet the deadlines of programs to which you are applying).
- Complete application forms (First download the form from the university website and do a draft).
- Give your recommenders all the information that they will need to write recommendations for you for each of your application schools. Be sure to give them plenty of time.
- Submit applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good to get the applications in early.
- If you are applying for need-based financial aid programs, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax return.
Graduate School and You: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students