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APPLICATION CALENDAR

This is a Sample calendar which you can follow as a guide to schedule your own process.  The calendar is applicable for admission to US and Canadian universities.

The sample calendar is based on a fall 2002 (August-September) start date.

When ? What to do ?
Feb-Apr 2001 Decide on courses, search for colleges,
register for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and any other tests. Register for TOEFL and other admission tests. Check our section on Tests to be taken for registration details. Tests should be taken by October/November. 
May-Jun 2001 Narrow your list of schools to about 15 and request application material. Check out our section on Application issues. Visit university websites and download application forms or request for brochures and application forms to be mailed to you. Check application deadline of universities and plan your schedule accordingly. If applying for financial aid, check the university financial aid deadline.
Jul-Nov 2001 Prepare and take the tests.
Finalize universities to apply.
Collect documents like recommendation letters, official transcripts, bank statements, which will accompany your application.
Request for additional score reports after taking the tests.
Fill out university application forms.
Work on your Essays/Statement of Purpose.
Oct-Jan 2001 Review your application package. Ensure the form is properly filled, all attachments are ready, Review your essays and/or statement of purpose thoroughly before mailing your application packet.
Mail application packets allowing for sufficient time to reach before the university deadline.
Dec2000-Mar2002 Respond quickly to any additional information requested by the school/college/university, if any.
Jan-May 2002 You will start hearing from colleges. Contact the admissions office if you do not receive anything from them. Accept one school's offer, and notify them and the others of your choice. Ask the school to send you the I-20 or IAP-64 form or other forms and letters needed for Visa application. Check out the various country sections for more details. Make accommodation arrangements. Indian students can contact Indian student’s Body in the university.
Prepare your visa documentation.
Jun 2002 Apply for a visa. Attend pre-departure orientation programs in your country. Make travel arrangements. Plan to arrive at least 15 days prior to orientation (2 months if you have to take an English course). For more details on the country and visa procedures and check list, check out the sections on various countries.
Jul-Aug 2002 Fly to a bright future.

 

The calendar is a very general one and will vary from person to person depending on universities you are applying to and the courses you are undertaking.

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