Finalize List of Graduate Programs

Create a timeline to submit all application pieces by each deadline.

Ask Faculty for Letters of Recommendation

Ask your recommenders early and send reminders closer to when deadlines approach.

Continue to Study and Take Admissions Tests

Master test-taking skills, and plan to take admissions tests in summer or early fall.

Draft Admissions Essays

Understand which statements are needed and practice several writing prompts.

Continue to Learn about Funding Options

Find information on fellowships, assistantships, or other funding opportunities (internal and external).

Engage in a Summer Research Opportunities

Master your research skills by participating in external or internal summer research programs.

Continue to Connect with Admissions Coordinators and Faculty

Ask admissions coordinators and faculty questions at your desired graduate school(s) to stay connected.

Visit Campuses and Meet with Students and Faculty

Learn about and apply to visitation days that may take place in the fall.

Reflect on Your Experiences

Create an ePortfolio to share on your emails to faculty, resume, or CV to showcase your mastered skills and artifacts.

Further Explore Grad Prep Resources from AAP

Further master your skills by building your portfolio through AAP modules, workshops, virtual fairs, or advising.