Many students will be interested in postgraduate education in an academic discipline or field, and will find that opportunities for careers in college and university teaching and research will grow rapidly in the next two decades. A liberal arts education offers the best preparation for most graduate school programs, and interested students should consult major advisors in appropriate departments at their earliest opportunity. Juniors and seniors will be invited to attend graduate preparation symposia through Academic Advising.

Graduate and professional school timeline

  • Finish prep classes for and take appropriate application tests (e.g., Graduate Record Exam; General Management Admissions Test, Law School Admissions Test);
  • Get as much feedback as possible on your application essay;
  • Meet all application deadlines;
  • Double-check with your references that letters have been sent;
  • Talk with graduate students at your top choice schools about their experience
Seniors who plan to defer applications
  • Talk with potential references about letters;
  • Begin prep for GREs, GMATs, LSATs (consider taking these exams early this summer)
  • Begin identifying graduate programs – write for information;
  • Formulate plans with your faculty for your senior work (e.g., theses, special projects, independent study, expositions);
  • Begin prep for graduate exams- see times for Wheaton prep classes;
  • Attend Grad School Colloquia offered by the Filene Center;
  • If Pre-medical, finish prep for and take Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Declare your major;
  • Identify professional associations in your field and determine if they have student membership;
  • Check “Scholarly Societies” Web page
  • Attend your first professional conference in your field
  • If Pre-medical, begin prep for Medical College Admissions Test