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Overview Selection Application Entrance Exams

 

Are you considering graduate school?  If so, allow us to assist you in selecting and applying to a program.  The following is a suggested timetable. As you can see, it is never too early to begin planning ahead for graduate study.
 

Freshman Year
 
Sophomore Year
 
Junior Year
 
Senior Year

  


return2topsmall.jpg (801 bytes) Freshman Year:

  • Take college seriously. Grades that you earn now will have ramifications throughout your
    undergraduate career.
     
  • Begin to think about graduate school and where you would like to apply.
     

return2topsmall.jpg (801 bytes) Sophomore Year:

  • Begin to research different graduate programs. Write to schools you are interested in, requesting copies of their admissions criteria and graduate catalogues.
     
  • Begin establishing relationships with faculty members within your department.
     
  • Get involved in faculty research projects within your department.
     
  • Discuss your interest in graduate school with faculty members and follow their suggestions.
     
  • Talk to graduate students you might know (or seek them out). Ask them about what it is like to be a graduate student.
     
  • Join professional organizations related to your field. Many professional organizations allow students to join in some capacity at a reduced fee.
     

return2topsmall.jpg (801 bytes) Junior Year:

  • Determine which graduate entrance exam(s) you will need to take. Some schools may require subject tests in addition to a general test. Begin studying for these exam(s) early in your junior year.
     
  • Determine the application deadlines and entrance requirements for the graduate schools that interest you. Plan your schedule so that you can fulfill these requirements before you graduate.
     
  • Get involved with a research project. Begin to devise a research project on your own with the support and guidance of a faculty member. Locate organizations which allow student participation and plan on submitting your paper to these organizations for presentation consideration.
     
  • Continue cultivating relationships with faculty members within your department and professionals within your field.
     
  • If you are working part-time, consider obtaining a co-op or internship position which will give you hands-on experience in your field of study.
     
  • Find out about the research interests of the faculty at the schools you would like to attend. Write to those faculty whose interests are similar to your own. Request copies of their research papers and indicate your interest in their research.
     
  • Try to attend at least one professional conference in your field of study. This will help you get a "feel" for what goes on at these conferences.
     
  • At the end of your junior year take the GRE, MAT, or other required entrance exams.
     

return2topsmall.jpg (801 bytes) Senior Year:

  • Plan to present your student research to a professional organization.
     
  • Retake your graduate entrance examinations if you did not do your best the first time.
     
  • Plan to visit those schools you have the greatest interest in. Learn all you can about their programs and faculty.
     
  • Make a final decision on which graduate programs you would like to apply to. Use a stratified approach and always have a backup plan (i.e. "Donít put all of your eggs in one basket").
     
  • Prepare your application materials, including application forms, personal statements, transcripts, entrance exam results, etc.
     
  • Select several faculty (and/or professionals) who you believe could write you a strong letter of recommendation. Contact these people in person (making an appointment) and ask them if they could write you a good letter. Talk to them about your professional goals, grades and accomplishments before they start your letter. Allow sufficient time to write the letters. Also provide a stamped, addressed envelope for each of the letters you would like them to mail.
     
  • Apply to those graduate schools you would like to attend. Be sure to submit application materials on time and to keep a copy of all materials you submit.
     
  • Verify that your application materials were received (including letters of recommendation).
     
  • Practice your interviewing skills and prepare for invitations for on-campus interviews.
     
  • Be prepared to accept and/or reject offers as they arrive. As you accept and/or reject offers, be sure to inform those faculty who wrote your letters of recommendation.

 

 


Weber State University, Career Services, Ogden, Utah 84408-1105,
(801) 626-6393, careerservices@weber.edu