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Graduate School Application Timeline

Timeline for Applying to Graduate School

The application process should begin about 1 ½ years before matriculation.

6 months before applying:

  • •Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs
  • •Get recommendations of programs from your faculty advisors or other professors.
  • •Register and prepare for the appropriate graduate admissions test
  • •Investigate national scholarships

3 months before applying

  • •Take the required admissions test
  • •Write for application materials (or see if materials are online.)
  • •Write your personal statement
  • •If applying for medical, dental, osteopathy, podiatry or law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service.

Fall, a year before matriculating

  • •Obtain letters of recommendation
  • •Take graduation admissions test, if you have not already
  • •Send in completed application materials

Winter, before matriculating in the fall

  • •Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • •At the end of fall semester, have the Registrar send your transcripts

Spring, before matriculating in the fall

  • •Check with all institutions before their deadlines to make sure your file is complete and all materials have been received.
  • •Visit institutions that accept you.
  • •Notify other colleges and universities that accepted you of your decision.
  • •Send thank you notes to people who wrote recommendation letters.


Internet Resources and
These are “one-stop” resources for tests preparation, admissions, school and career information.
A complete guide to graduate and professional study programs and financial aid. The Peterson’s Guide is available in the Career Development Center.
Focuses on the GRE

  • Randolph Connect web site

    Membership has its privileges.
    Randolph students can tap into RandolphConnect, a vast online network of alumnae and alumni for career advice, job leads, and mentoring.
  • Internship Contract Deadlines

    Summer Internship — Due: May 1st (appeal period until July 31)

    Fall Internship — Due: Aug 15 (appeal period until end of first week of classes)

    Winter Internship — Due: Dec 1st (no appeal period)

    Spring Internship — Due: Dec 1st (appeal period until end of first week of classes)

    Contracts submitted during appeal period must be accompanied by an Appeal Form regardless of reason or circumstances. After that date, Internships may not earn credit.

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