Graduate Division

Section 1

Tips for Applying to Graduate School

Learn more about how to prepare to be a competitive applicant for graduate school. Below are some tips on what to do as an undergraduate and things to highlight in the graduate application, and general tips when applying.
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General Tips

  • Start early and work on your graduate application the summer before you plan to apply.
  • Know the application deadlines for the programs you are applying to. They vary for each institution and program. Click here to view UCI’s graduate program deadlines.
  • Make sure all parts of your application have been received:
    • You can go here to see if the following has been submitted: at
      • GRE scores (if necessary)
      • Electronic letters of recommendation submitted
    • In order to verify that the following has been received, contact the program to which you applied:
      • Transcripts
      • Mailed in letters of recommendation

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