Student/Alumni Virtual Help Desk:
(Tu: 10am – 2pm ET | Th: 10am – 2pm ET)

Student/Alumni Virtual Help Desk:
(Tu: 10am – 2pm ET | Th: 1pm – 4pm ET)

Employer Virtual Help Desk:
(MW: 12pm – 2pm | TuTh: 11am – 1pm ET)

Understand the Application Timeline

The following is an example of a typical timeline associated with the application process.  

Year Before Applying:

Spring/Summer Term

  • Research programs
  • Review application process
  • Visit institutions of interest (if possible)

Fall Term

  • Create a timeline for the application process
  • Work on draft of personal statement
  • Build resume/CV
  • Formalize test preparation plan
  • Start to identify faculty and others for recommendation letters

Spring Term

  • Meet with faculty and/or a Career Advisor to discuss essay/personal statement and resume/CV
  • Take required tests
  • Revise and finalize essay/personal statements
  • Start requesting letters of recommendation (provide forms and information to writers at least one month in advance of deadline)

Application Year:

Summer Term

  • Request transcripts of all post-secondary institutions
  • Begin filling out applications
  • Follow up with recommenders
  • Check the status of your application file - often!
  • Start interview preparation or schedule a mock admission interview with a Career Advisor

Fall Term

  • Re-take required tests if necessary
  • Complete applications
  • Obtain interview attire, if necessary
  • Respond to interview invitations and Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to practice interviewing

Spring Term

  • Send fall transcripts and other updates to schools still considering your application
  • Accept or decline offers
  • Submit applications and documents for financial assistance
  • Write thank you letters to people that wrote recommendation letters for you and others who assisted you in the process
  • Identify housing if necessary and plan a budget