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Grad School Applications Timeline

    One year before

  • Plan when you’re taking the Subject and General GRE tests
  • Start thinking about who you want to write your recommendation letters
    Summer

  • Take the General GRE (Subject test as well if you can)
  • Begin thinking about what to use as your writing sample
    September

  • Ask three professors if they would be willing to write a recommendation for you
  • Come up with a list of schools to apply to and research their programs and persons of interest
    October

  • Take the GRE again if needed
  • Log in to all applications and fill out personal information
  • Update recommenders on which schools you are applying to and their due dates
  • Write up a draft of personal statement and academic interests
    November

  • Writing sample should be fully written; get as much feedback as possible
  • Cater your personal statements to each specific school
  • Find out if any transcripts need to be sent to schools by mail and order them
    December

  • Finalize all application materials and upload them to applications
  • Proofread writing sample & statements
  • Send recommenders a polite reminder
  • Hit that send button!

Read an explanation of all these steps!