The earlier you make plans for your graduate school career, the less you will have to worry about when graduation nears. Use the following timeline to find out what you can do now to prepare yourself for the application and testing process and ease your transition into life after graduation

Freshman/Sophomore Year

  • Begin to identify your career goal using the resources and staff of CDO. 
  • Start to think about the right major for you and what career opportunities the major may provide. 
  • Develop a rough four year plan so that you know where you need to fit things in.
  • Research potential internships that could help you gain experience before graduate school.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your plans for graduate school and begin developing your resume or curriculm vitae.
  • Develop relationships and gain experiences with faculty and other Goucher College personnel that will help strengthen your application through committees, internships, clubs, etc.
  • Record your accomplishments/experiences in a journal and portfolio and collect samples of your work for a graduate school portfolio for future use in preparing admissions essay and interview.

Junior Year (Fall)

  • Establish criteria for identifying graduate programs and schools using the resources and staff at the CDO.
  • Continue to develop relationships and gain experiences with faculty and other Goucher College personnel that will help strengthen your application through committees, internships, clubs, etc.

Junior Year (Spring)

  • Begin to acquire letters of reference (3-5).
  • Continue to record your accomplishments/experiences in a journal and portfolio and collect samples of your work for a graduate school portfolio for future use in preparing admissions essay and interview.
  • Seek national scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
  • Register and prepare for admissions tests if applicable.

Junior/Senior(Summer)

  • Take the admissions tests if required (check dates).
  • Request and review school catalogs and web sites.
  • Start drafting your admissions essay.
  • Visit campuses and meet with students and faculty.
  • Manage your time to meet application deadlines.

Senior Year (Fall)

  • Organize, prepare and complete application packages. (review and collect letters of references, critique admissions essay using CDO and Writing Center as well as faculty, request transcripts from registrar).
  • Copy all application materials and mail by application deadlines.

Senior Year (Spring)

  • Contact all schools to confirm receipt of application materials and status of application.
  • Keep your references up to date on the status of your application.
  • Visit all programs of acceptance and evaluate offers.
  • Notify all accepted and rejected schools.

Senior (Summer)

  • Take courses that will either give you a head start in your graduate program or will allow you to satisfy academic deficiencies.
  • Share your success. Keep in touch with and thank everyone who provided support, encouragement and assistance.
  • Enjoy your success and your summer.