Timeline for Applying

18 months prior
Summer before senior year-June through August
  • Sign up for required standardized test
  • Meet with faculty members in your home department for guidance
  • Identify faculty for recommendations
  • Write draft of personal statement
  • Get organized. Create files for each school you plan to apply to
Senior Year
September
  • Take standardized test and send scores to schools
  • Complete personal statement
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Order transcripts and send copies to schools
October/November
  • Complete application forms (online or mail form)
  • Remind recommenders to mail letters by deadline
  • Make copies of all application components for your records
December
  • Check with schools to verify required documents have arrived
February/March
  • Set up campus visits
  • Admissions decisions
  • Apply for financial aid
April
  • Notify schools of decision
  • Mail acceptance forms
  • Thank faculty for recommendations