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If you are thinking of applying to graduate school, you should keep in mind the following:
  • At a minimum, if you are thinking about attending graduate school, you should begin your exploration in your junior year
  • What are the Admission requirements for each school?
    • Does the school require or suggest an interview?
    • What GPA they are looking for?
    • What kind of coursework would they like you to have?
    • How many letters of recommendation do you need, and who should write them?
    • Does the school require or suggest graduate entrance exams?
  • Some things to know and think about regarding the graduate entrance exams:
    • What are the documentation requirements related to your disability?
      • Are there any deadlines?
      • Expiration of documentation
    • What impact will using--or not using--your accommodations on the graduate entrance exams have on admissions?
    • Take the test early so you can take it again if needed
    • Testing Services make adjustments to their requirements annually; you should check on a regular basis
  • Some of the exams you may need to take for entrance to graduate school:
    • LSATs : Law school
    • GMATs : Business school
    • GREs : most Liberal Arts majors
    • Miller Analogies : some Liberal Arts majors
    • MCATs : Medical/Veterinary School
  • Helpful links regarding entrance exams:
    • http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/articles/brief/bctests_brief.php (General information)
    • http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/articles?161 (Information on receiving accommodations)
  • There are several groups on campus that can assist you with the process
    • To make an appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor, contact 445-4310
    • To make an appointment with the Pre-Law Advisor, contact 445-4385
    • The Career Services Office (445-4185) often coordinates Kaplan courses to assists students with exam preparation.

This list is not all-inclusive of what you need to do when applying to graduate schools. You need to make choices that fit your situation. The only person responsible for this process is you, and starting early should make it easer to make adjustments along the way if necessary.

For additional information about graduate school, please click here.