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A 1-month express guide to your grad school applications

Deadlines are soon approaching. Many of you feel you’re behind in your grad school applications. When you hear your friends getting admits already, you tend to freak out. With all this pressure, chances for making a mistake or overseeing a particular aspect of your application increases drastically.

Follow this guide to ensure that your applications are complete.

When applying for the start of any semester (some graduate school programs accept new students in January, start of the Spring semester), follow this schedule to be ahead of the game.

Note: this schedule does not account for time to craft your best application, or to resolve unforeseen problems such as lost transcripts or a forgetful recommender and submit with enough time to spare. It’s a how to guide for a quick application. If you’re looking for a laid back schedule, click here.

Graduate School – T minus 30 days:

  • Research universities. Create a list of 10-15 universities based on your GRE scores and GPA.Applying to a Ph.D. program? Follow this proven method to getting the admits you want.

  • You should’ve taken your GRE and TOEFL/IELTS exams by now.

T minus 27 days:

  • Narrow down to 5 – 10 universities and request for more information. How do you do this? Read this blog post to find out more.

T minus 25 days:

  • List out potential recommenders. How do you do this professionally? Read this blog post and you’ll be on your way to obtaining great letters.

T minus 24 days:

  • Begin drafting your personal statement or statement of purpose. This is a critical step in your application. Why? Read this blog post from a universities’ ADMISSION COMMITTEE.To get you started with the SOP, I have a detailed post on the content of the SOP here and here.

  • Narrow your list to 5 recommenders and contact the top 3.

  • Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.

T minus 18 days:

  • Finish the first draft of your SOP.

  • Finish the first draft of your resume/CV.

  • Finalize your list of prospective schools, and familiarize yourself with the professors who share your research interests at each university (if applicable).

  • Research funding opportunities to reduce your tuition burden.

T minus 15 days:

  • Send supplemental materials (such as your resume, personal statement at least) to your recommenders that they can use as a reference.

  • Make contact with students and professors at your prospective schools. Arrange a campus visit if feasible.

T minus 10 days:

  • Complete a second review of your resume and SOP.

  • Have a trusted one in the field of interest and a few creative and honest friends read over your personal statement.

T minus 5 days:

  • Remind your recommenders that deadlines are approaching.

T minus 2 days:

  • Complete and submit all applications, keeping copies of every section for your records.

  • Verify that your recommendation letters have been sent.

We realize this process, especially your resume, SOP and LORs can be too much to handle at one time. Sign up for our LIVE 4-part Webinar Series and we will take you step-by-step through the graduate school application process to craft your best application in a span of only a few days.  
November 17, 2016

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