Start preparing now to develop yourself as a strong UC graduate school candidate.
Take the right courses
Many graduate courses require challenging prerequisite courses beyond those required for a B.S. or B.A. Talk to professors and graduate advisers to learn which courses will help you become a competitive applicant. Participate in study groups and challenge yourself to earn high grades. Building an outstanding academic record paves the way for admission to a UC graduate or professional program.
Gain research experience
Participating in research projects — during the school year and/or summer — will give you a competitive edge by demonstrating that you're capable of conducting research and studying at the graduate level.
Explore graduate school options
Many people will fuel your interests and academic development when you keep an open and curious mind. Build relationships. Read books and articles. Visit campuses. Follow your passions to find the right graduate program for you.
GRE and other standardized tests
Many programs require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or other standardized test for admission. Prepare for and take tests early so you will have time to study and retake them if you're not satisfied with your score.
Follow this checklist to develop yourself as a strong graduate school candidate. Ideally, begin to prepare for grad school during your freshman year. But even if you're a sophomore, junior or senior, it's not too late to get started. Even if you're unsure about applying, follow this checklist so you'll be prepared if you decide to continue your studies later.
Worried about money?
Don't let finances stop you from applying to grad school. Many resources are available to help cover the costs of your graduate education.
Track your achievements
When you apply to graduate school, you will be asked to write a statement of purpose, a short essay that highlights your accomplishments, motivation and goals. Keep track of your research and activities so you'll have a complete list of achievements when you write your essay.