Recommended Timeline for Students

Junior Year – Winter and Spring Term

  • Begin research. Visit school Web sites and talk to professionals in your field of interest. 
  • Talk with faculty members and advisors. 
  • Register for and take admission tests. Depending on your area of study, scores can be good for 2-5 years so plan accordingly.  
  • Consider W&L's 'spring term option' as a time to study, prepare, and take admissions tests.  
  • Think about who you would want to write your letters of recommendation. 
  • Visit Career Development  to make a plan. Timelines do vary. For example, students interested in medical school will need to start this process earlier, as there are many requirements and a longer application period.


  • Decide where you will apply. Contact your schools of interest to ask questions about the admissions process and requirements. Plan visits to these schools. 
  • Register for and take admission tests. 

Senior Year – Fall Term

  • Ask professors and other references to write letters of recommendation. 
  • Work on your personal statement. Share with professors, Career Development, friends and family to get feedback. 
  • Register for and take admission tests if you have not done so already. 
  • Begin filling out applications. Some deadlines will fall late in the term. 
  • Request your official transcript from the Registrar's Office. You will need to send one with each application. 

Senior Year – Winter Term

  • Submit the rest of your applications. Many deadlines will fall in January. 
  • Research financial aid options and turn in all of your necessary paperwork. 
  • Check with all schools just before the deadline to make sure that your application file is complete. 
  • Wait for admission decisions. 
  • Go to accepted student days for the schools into which you were accepted. 
  • Thank those who helped you along the way, and update them on your decisions and plans for the coming year.