Thinking about graduate school or professional school? Get ahead of the game. The application process for graduate school can be lengthy, and researching programs thoroughly will add several months to that timetable. Some experts recommend students start their research at least six months before applying to grad school.
Year One: Concentrate on exploring your options and doing well in classes.
Year Two: Make sure you are committed to your major. Look at the types of jobs that interest you. Do you need more education to pursue them? If so, you may need to go to grad school.
Year Three: You should have a good idea about whether or not grad school is right for you. Research grad schools and programs and start preparing to take the required admissions test(s). You should take any admissions tests at least five months before you apply (or earlier if you think you might need multiple attempts for an optimal score).
Year Four: Narrow down your top grad school choices. Work on your applications, and ask for writing and editing help. You'll need recommendations from select people, and those people will need plenty of advance notice to provide them. Don't forget to apply well before the deadline.