Applying to Graduate School
The FAU Career Center offers a variety of services and workshops to assist undergraduate students in exploring, comparing, and applying to graduate school programs. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Use the Petersons’s Graduate School search
- Visit the FAU Graduate School webpage
Almost all graduate programs require students to take a standardized test. As an FAU student, you have access to the FAU Test Preparation office, which provides a number of services at a discounted price.
- It is recommended that students begin forming relationships with their undergraduate professors and internship supervisors prior to their senior year. Students are encouraged to stay after class, attend office hours, and ask to work on research projects alongside faculty. By allowing faculty to observe both your personal and academic qualities, they will be able to contribute a strong, well-rounded letter of recommendation.
- Below are a list of additional tips on how to ask for a letter of recommendation:
- Always ask to meet with the potential recommender in person in order to request a recommendation letter. You will be able to see their nonverbal behavior in order to gauge whether they are excited or less-than-enthused about this prospect.
- Ask your recommenders if they are willing to write a strong recommendation letter which will speak to your unique strengths and qualifications. This will be helpful in competitive fields or if your grades are less-than desirable.
- Provide your recommenders with a copy of your Resume/CV, a list of potential schools you are applying to, and a statement of intent about why you are applying to graduate school.
- Provide your recommenders with several weeks to complete their letter, and check-in with them every few weeks to see if they need any additional documents or clarifications.
- Send a hand-written thank-you card to each recommender after they complete their letter, and make sure to inform them (via phone, or in-person) of the result of your application status.
Graduate School Application Checklist
In addition, the FAU Career Center also provides a “checklist” of steps that you can take in the application process. Please be advised that each graduate program may have varying deadlines and/or requirements, so this “checklist” is a suggestive guideline and may not be applicable to every program or individual.
Need more one-on-one assistance?
Undergraduate students and alumni who have graduated within the past year are welcome to attend our Same-day Career Advising. Alumni who have graduated or been working for more than a year are asked to visit the FAU Alumni Career Services page for more information.
Same-Day Career Advising
Meet with a Career Consultant for a 20-minute walk-in career advising session. First come, first served.
Boca Raton Campus:
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
SU-80 Bldg., Rm. 220
Make an appointment with a certified Career Counselor for a 50-minute career counseling session.
To schedule an appointment, please call:
Boca Raton campus: 561-297-3533
Davie & Jupiter campuses: 954-236-1214