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.