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Prepare for Graduate School

Start Planning Now

If you want to get the most out of graduate school, you need to apply with a career plan. Graduate programs are looking for individuals who apply with a goal in mind. The following resources will be helpful during your research and application process.

Key factors to consider when looking at graduate schools:

Graduate School Timeline

Each graduate program has a different process and you should develop your own system and timeline for those processes. The application process can be lengthy, and that is why it is crucial to start preparing early. Even though the entire process may not take a year of preparation, below is a timeline to get you started to ensure that you have considered important factors of the application process.

Summer

August/September

October

November

December/January

February

April

Graduate School Resources

Websites to assist you with admittance, writing a personal essay, and finding money for school:

Books Available at UW Libraries:

UW Tacoma Resources

Test Prep Info

Before applying for admission to graduate school, you should determine the correct standardized test(s) needed. Be sure to study for and take tests early enough to have scores available before application deadlines and to also retake exams if necessary.

The UW Tacoma Library has test preparation books for the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT available for checkout or in-library reference use. Career Development & Education has free informational booklets on the GRE and LSAT.

Links to Common Standardized Tests