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Grad School: Timeline

Junior Year (Fall)

  • Get your grades up. Most grad schools will be looking for a 3.0 or better.

Junior Year (Spring)

  • Start looking for programs and schools that match your interests. 
  • Investigate financial aid options including grants, loans, fellowships, and assistantships at each school.
  • Schedule and take your entrance exams. Take them in the spring or summer after your Junior Year.

Senior Year (Fall)

  • Get your transcripts from all colleges you attended.
  • Line up references and provide them with the information they need to write a complete reference.
  • Re-Schedule your entrance exams. If you weren’t happy with your scores or decided to give yourself more time to prepare, you can take your entrance exams in the fall.
  • Fill out your applications.  Have someone proofread your applications.

Senior Year (Mid-Term Break/January)

  • Submit your applications.

Senior Year (Spring)

  • This is when acceptance letters begin to arrive.  Talk about your plans and options with a trusted faculty member or a career counselor.
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you plan to apply for financial aid.
  • Notify the grad school of your acceptance. As a courtesy, tell the other schools that you are declining their offers.
  • Start researching housing options in your new location. On Campus?  Apartment?  Find a roommate?

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

SUNY Canton Career Services Office
Miller Campus Center, Room 224
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Office: (315) 386-7119
Fax: (315) 386-7980