As you’re about to begin your Senior Year there are important things to consider and processes to complete.  Here is a list of items you need to know/do during your Senior Year.

  1. Apply to Graduate
  2. Apply to Graduate School (If that’s your path)
  3. Begin Full-Time Job search (Get aggressive towards end of Fall semester to Early January
  4. Prepare for Commencement (Make sure everything is in order)

Apply to Graduate

Graduate School

  • Before Applying
    • Decide what major and area of specialization you are interested in.
    • Create a list of potential graduate schools which you are interested in applying to.
    • Look up the requirements and the programs available at each school.  Ex:  deadlines, requirements, etc.
    • Verify what semesters they will accept new students.  Many schools only accept students in the fall semester.
    • Determine if any entrance exam is required.  For engineering, the GRE is usually required.  For an MBA the GMAT is usually required.
    • Doing undergraduate research is a great way to enhance your application.  We strongly recommend this for students going to graduate school.  Undergraduate Research
    • Application – Each application is unique.  However, most applications require:
      • Transcript to show your overall GPA
      • GRE Scores (register for the GRE at
      • Essay or biosketch
      • Recommendation Letters (usually at least 3 letters of recommendation are required)
      • MS/PhD intent
      • Research area or your interest area
    • Funding for Graduate School – Generally application deadlines are earlier if you are applying for funding and an additional application may be required.  Several types of funding exist.  The main types of funding are Fellowships, Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).

Full-Time Job Search

Searching for a full-time job can be a very time consuming task.  Do not underestimate the time it takes!


Transcripts – Students can order transcripts with their degree listed on it the Friday after Commencement.  Instructions: