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There are many great resources for graduate school research– check out these categories:

Application Timeline

Financing Graduate School

General Graduate School Information

Graduate School Testing

Law School

Masters of Business Administration

Medical School

When and How to Apply

When preparing for graduate school, it is important to get started as soon as possible to find the right school and ensure the earliest admission. If you get into the school of your dreams and feel as if you need a year off, you may be able to request a delayed entrance.

Peterson’s research suggests the following year-by-year timeline:

Junior Year:

Research areas of interest, institutions, and programs.
Talk to advisors about application requirements.
Register and prepare for appropriate graduate admissions tests.
Investigate national scholarships.
If appropriate, obtain letters of recommendation.

Summer Before Senior Year:

Take required graduate admissions tests.
Write for application materials or request them online.
Write your application essay.
Check on application deadlines and rolling admissions policies.
For medical, dental, and law school, you may need to register for the national application or data assembly service for most programs use.

Senior Fall Semester:

Obtain letters of recommendation.
Take graduate admissions tests if haven’t already.
Send in completed applications.
Complete applications for financial aid.

Senior Spring Semester:

Check with all institutions to make sure your file is complete.
Visit institutions that accept you.
Send deposit to institution of choice.
Notify other colleges and institutions to which you were accepted that you will not be attending.
Send thank you notes to people who wrote your recommendation letters and inform them of your success.

Financing Graduate School – Information on Scholarships and Colleges – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

General Graduate School Information – American Association of University Women – Council of Graduate Schools – Directory of Graduate Schools – General Graduate School Admission Process and Information

Petersons – The Education Supersite

The Princeton Review – General Graduate School Information

U.S. News & World Report – Best Graduate School Rankings

Graduate School Testing

800 Score – GMAT and GRE Test Preparation Information – Information on GRE and GMAT Exams – Test Preparation

The Princeton Review – General Graduate School Testing Information 

GRE – The official site of the Graduate Records Examination

Law School

American Bar Association – ABA Approved Law Schools

Illinois Student Assistance Commission – Pre-Law Guides

Internet Legal Research Group – The Law School Information Index – Tests and Course Information for LAST

Princeton Review – Free LAST Tests and Course Information

U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Schools

Masters of Business Administration

Bloomberg Business Schools – Business School Comparison Guide

The Online MBA – Programs and Resources for the MBA

Peterson's – MBA Program Search

Medical School

Association of American Medical Colleges – Researching and Applying to Med School

Association of American Medical Colleges – MCAT Prep

Association of American Medical College Students – Resources for Prospective Med Students

Medical School Resources – Blogs and Community Resources for Med School – Medical School Admission Consultants

The Princeton Review – Free MCAT Preparation

Student Doc – MCAT Resources, Financial Resources, Student Health Insurance

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