Graduate or Professional School

Graduate School Timeline & To-Do List      

Freshman/Sophomore Year

  • Begin to identify your career goals using the resources and staff of CLASS Workforce Development.
  • Develop relationships and seek experiences with faculty and other WSU personnel who can help you define your interests and strengthen your application (committees, internships, clubs, etc.).
  • Record your accomplishments/experiences in a journal and portfolio and collect samples of your work for a graduate school portfolio (use to prepare admissions essay and interview).

Junior Year (Fall)

  • Establish criteria for identifying graduate programs and schools using the resources and staff of CLASS Workforce Development.
  • Develop relationships and seek experiences with faculty and other WSU personnel who can help you define your interests and strengthen your application (committees, internships, clubs, etc.).

Junior Year (Spring)

  • Begin to acquire letters of reference (3-5).
  • Record your accomplishments/experiences in a journal or portfolio and collect samples of your work for a graduate school portfolio (use to prepare admissions essay and interview).
  • Seek national scholarships and financial aid.
  • Register and prepare for admissions tests if applicable.

Junior/Senior Year (Summer)

  • Take the admissions tests if required (check dates).
  • Request and review catalogs and web sites.
  • Begin drafting your admissions essay.
  • Visit campuses and meet with students and faculty.
  • Manage your time to meet application deadlines.

Senior Year (Fall)

  • Organize, prepare and complete application packages (review and collect letters of references, critique admission essays using CLASS Workforce Development, and faculty.
  • Requests transcripts from registrar.
  • Copy all application materials and then mail.

Senior Year (Spring)

  • Contact all schools to confirm receipt of application materials and status of application.
  • Keep references up to date on the status of your application.
  • Visit all programs of acceptance and evaluate offers.
  • Notify all accepted and rejected schools.

Senior Year (Summer)

  • Take courses that will either give you a head start in your graduate program or will allow you to satisfy academic deficiencies.
  • Share your success. Keep in touch with and thank everyone who provided support, encouragement and assistance.
  • Enjoy your success and your summer.

Graduate School Resources

Researching and Ranking Graduate Schools

Please note that there is not one definitive source for ranking programs and schools; determine the criteria that is used and then compare with your own personal criteria

Exam Information

Financial Resources