APPLICATION TIMELINE

Begin approximately one year before graduation. 
Study individual application deadlines carefully for each school, since they may vary.

Summer
Research potential programs.  Discuss with faculty. ¬†Ask for letters of recommendation. Write a draft personal statement.

September
Arrange to take admissions tests, if required.

October
Identify application sites for programs of interest.  Research potential sources of funding.  Inquire about specific fellowships and departmental teaching and research assistantships at schools of interest.  Note their upcoming deadlines.   

November
Follow specific instructions about transcripts -- many schools request "unofficial" transcripts with the application and "official" transcripts after the department has recommended admission.

December
Follow up on letters of recommendation. Provide each individual with a copy of your resume. personal statement and list of programs to which you are applying. Inform them of whether the form is submitted on-line or by mail.

December/January
Apply on-line.  Even if deadlines are later, it is preferable to submit your applications early.

February
Contact programs about campus visits.  Make trips if possible. 

April
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you may be asked to submit information from your federal tax return.  Keep a copy handy.