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Graduate School

This timeline of topics and ideas may assist you to apply to graduate school strategically. Attend to the specifics of each graduate school and modify accordingly.

The Application Year

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring


DECIDING TO ATTEND

Graduate school is a mental, physical, financial, and emotional commitment. Consider carefully your reasons for wanting to continue your education (academic or employment). Consult with faculty and evaluate your abilities, the strength of your candidacy, and the outcomes of an advanced degree.

Deciding to attend graduate school may mean you will attend the fall after graduation or at some point in your future:

SELECTING A GRADUATE SCHOOL

Gather information about graduate programs through a variety of resources:

Narrow the field of graduate schools to a reasonable number, taking into account:

APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL

Craft your application specifically for each program to which you apply. Admissions officers want to understand who you are, what you bring to the program, what is your academic preparation and interest, and how their graduate program meets your needs.

Test Scores

References
Select professors who will best support your application to a graduate program. Read the graduate program’s application guidelines as to how many letters are required and how they are to be submitted. Read the Lazarus Center Guide to recommendations and if appropriate, use Interfolio.

Transcripts
Most graduate programs require transcripts from any college where you had taken a class. Requesting your Smith Transcript.

Personal Statement
Read the Personal Statement prompt and take the time to write your statement accordingly. Attend the Writing a Personal Statement Workshop, or schedule an appointment with an advisor. Writing your personal statement.

Financial Aid
Check the financial aid guidelines for each program to which you are applying. For additional information, consult
AccessGroup, FastWeb, FinAid, or US Department of Education.

Interviews
Some programs (PhD level), will ask you to come for an interview (which may include several sessions) with faculty members in your field and current students. This is an opportunity for the department to get to know you and your chance to ask questions and determine whether the department is a good fit for you. Prepare for the interviews with a mock interview with the Lazarus Center staff.