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Application Timeline 

We suggest you begin approximately one year before graduation. 
Study individual application deadlines carefully for each school, since they may vary.

Summer
Research potential programs.  Discuss with faculty. Ask for letters of recommendation. Write a draft personal statement
September
Arrange to take admissions tests, if required.
October
Identify on-line application sites for programs of interest.  Research potential sources of funding.  Inquire about specific fellowships and departmental teaching and research assistantships at schools of interest.  Note their upcoming deadlines.   
November
Order transcripts.  Ask Registration and Records if they can send a transcript with your fall semester grades in time to meet deadlines. 
December
Give your references forms to complete or the addresses to which they should send their letters of recommendation.  Provide your references with copies of your resume and personal statement.
December/January
Apply on-line.  Even if deadlines are later, it is preferable to submit your applications early.
February
Contact programs about campus visits.  Make trips if possible. 

April
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you may be asked to submit information from your federal tax return.  Keep a copy handy. 


 
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2100 Pullen Hall · Box 7303
Raleigh, NC 27695
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drop in hours: M-F 11:00-2:00
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