Timeline for Applying to Graduate or Professional School
Please read the Florida State University, Graduate School’s “Timeline for Prospective Graduate and Professional Students.” This document is very useful and has many tips and information beginning in your Sophomore year.
Tips For Seniors
- Get a GRADUATION CHECK from the College at least one semester BEFORE you graduate. Purple application forms are available in the College Office (Bellamy 101) or you may apply for one online here. This form should be submitted with an unofficial copy of your transcript (obtainable from the Registrar's Office or from Bb). Having your major, minor, and other graduation requirements checked well ahead of time will avoid unpleasant surprises in your last semester.
- Make certain that your UNIVERSITY GRADUATION CHECK has been completed by the Registrar's Office and that you know exactly what you have left complete prior to graduation.
- Don't forget to APPLY FOR GRADUATION through the Registrar's Office by the advertised deadline (normally by the end of the second week of classes the semester you expect to graduate). Without this, you will NOT be allowed to graduate.
- Don't leave all your required and/or difficult classes to your last semester when you are busy trying to graduate, job interview, and possibly leave town. Such activities may pre-occupy your time and prevent you graduating.
- Make an effort to go over to the Career Center this semester to check out their facilities, work on your resume, register for placement interviews, and use their resources to help you with your forthcoming career plans. They are located in the University Center (A4101; phone: (850) 644-6431) and are always happy to help you with such matters.
If you are planning to take graduate admissions exams such as the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, or MCAT their contact information is listed below. Contacting them well ahead of time will allow you to plan more efficiently as well as permit retakes if necessary.
GMAT 1-800-717-GMAT (4628), 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT
1-952-681-3680, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT
GRE 1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373 (toll free for test takers in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada) LSAT 1-215-968–1001 MCAT 1-202-828-0690, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, Wednesday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET
- If you are planning to attend graduate or law school next year you need to begin writing for the requisite application forms as well as looking into schools and programs which interest you. Bulletin information on every major university in the U.S. (as well as some foreign universities) is available on microfiche in the basement of Strozier Library and is very useful in this regard. Application deadlines for financial support in graduate school (assistantships, fellowships) are often in January. You need your test scores by then. Your undergraduate advisor or a favorite sociology professor may also be able to give you advice about graduate programs.
- Finally, if College personnel may be helpful in regard to any of the above matters, please do not hesitate to contact the College Advising Office at (850) 644-5470 or come by room 101, Bellamy Building.