Graduate School Resources: The “Thinking about Grad School” Checklist

Do you really want to go to Grad School?

  • What are your goals– research lab, academia, industry?
  • Who has the job you want and how did they get there?

What Kind of Grad School?

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Year Activities to Prepare for Engineering Grad School

  • Consider trying a Rose-Hulman IPROP project during the academic year
  • Consider trying a summer research project to see if they are interesting

Summer (between Junior and Senior Year) Activities to Prepare for Engineering Grad School

September (Senior Year) Activities to Prepare for Engineering Grad School

  • Finish Statement of Purpose/Essay
  • Get recommendations from faculty
  • Update checklist of dates and activities
    • GRE
    • Visits
    • Applications for schools and fellowships
  • Take GRE
  • Consider attending Big 10+ Graduate School Expo at Purdue

October/November (Senior Year) Activies to Prepare for Engineering Grad School

  • Retake the GRE if necessary
  • Finish everything up and send it in

April (Senior Year) Activties to Prepare for Engineering Grad School

  • Hear from schools on admissions and funding.
  • Answers from fellowships on funding.
  • Pick a school.