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Entrance Process – Graduate School Preparation

Graduate school admissions processes vary considerably, depending on the field of choice and the prestige of the school in which you are applying. Check school websites for specific entrance requirements and processes. General information is provided below.


Entrance Exams and Essays

Entrance Exams Prep

  • GRE – Graduate Record Exam
  • LSAT – Law School Admission Test
  • MAT – Miller Analogy Test
  • MCAT – Medical College Admission Test
  • DAT – Dental Admission Test

Creating an Entrance Essay

Many graduate schools require a writing sample or entrance essay on a directed topic.

This essay is your opportunity to stand out from the rest of the applicants, in front of admissions committees.

Careful attention should be given to the ethical guidelines of entrance essays. Under no circumstances should you have someone write the essay for you. Consult the following resources for assistance as you create an essay that puts you at the top: 


Application Process

Costs to Apply

Funding and costs are dependent upon school of choice and area of study. Consult an Admissions Counselor or find information on a school's website regarding application costs. Many graduate schools require the submission of a Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service Form for application.

Complete and mail the FAFSA the spring prior to beginning graduate school.

Application Steps

  1. Submit application 1 year prior to the start of the program.
  2. Follow up to make sure all application materials have been received, approximately 6 months before intended start date.
  3. 4 to 6 weeks before the deadline, confirm that your recommendations have been received.
  4. Send thank you letters to all who have assisted you through the process.