The graduate application process is similar to the process you went through for college. In general, you will need to submit:

Application | Personal Statement | Resume | Letters of Recommendation 
Application Fee | Test Scores | Official College Transcripts | Financial Aid Application

When you are researching schools, keep in mind that deadlines vary based on the graduate school and the program. Most applications are due between December and January, but some programs may have rolling admissions as well. The best thing to do would be to narrow your list of schools, note the deadlines, and plan accordingly. We can help! (request an appointment with a counselor via Handshake)

Determing how many schools you want to apply to is also important because it costs money to take graduate exams and apply to graduate school. We suggest applying to a range of graduate programs including both “safety” and “reach” schools to maximize your chances at getting accepted.


If you need help with your personal statement, the Writing Center and Career Services (request an appointment in Handshake) are available to help you with your personal statement. The general advice we offer is to follow the prompt carefully, stick to the word count, get your statement reviewed, and edit, edit, edit. Remember that your personal statement should be one of the best pieces of writing you do!


It can be difficult to ask your professors for letters. We can help you come up with the most appropriate way for you to go about this important step in the application process. In addition, if you’d like a secure place to store your letters, Career Services allows you to store references in a Credentials File through a program called Interfolio. Whether you’re thinking of attending graduate school or pursuing employment, consider opening a Credentials File via Interfolio to store resumes, CVs, recommendations, writing samples, personal statements, and more.