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Success Checklist

First Year/Freshmen Year:

  • Meet with Office of Career Services to assess your interests, values and skills to identify a major or area of academic interest.
  • Seek tutoring support in the Office of Academic Services when needed.
  • Attend campus organization events to determine possible interests.
  • Speak with your academic advisor about taking an internship, study abroad or domestic study for academic credit in the next year or two.
  • Develop a four-year plan for courses with academic advisor in spring.

Second Year/Sophomore Year:

  • Meet with Office of Career Services to develop your resume or have it reviewed.
  • Declare your major by spring (remember you can change it at a later date).
  • Join organization(s) that support your major and increase your network.
  • Begin attending career or graduate school events on campus: workshops, department offerings, career fairs, etc.
  • Develop a plan for internships, study abroad, domestic study, etc. with academic advisor.
  • Research your major for career opportunities. Meet with Office of Career Services and
  • Academic advisor to discuss findings. Make changes to course in third or fourth year plan with advisor, as appropriate.
  • If you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you can receive a Baccalaureate degree by completing and undergraduate thesis/project.

Third Year/Junior Year:

  • Apply for graduation semester before you graduate (December grads apply in spring)
  • Take internships, study abroad or domestic study. (Note: Summer is a great time to explore these opportunities.)
  • Interview others who hold positions you would like to hold some day. Meet with Office of Career Services and academic advisor to discuss changes to your academic plan as appropriate.
  • Continue attending career or graduate school events on campus: workshops, department offerings, career fairs, etc.
  • Update your resume to reflect your involvement in organizations, coursework and internships/study abroad or domestic study.
  • Meet with Office of Career Services and/or academic advisor to develop job search plans.
  • Meet with Office of Career Services and/or academic advisor to develop graduate school plans.
  • Identify schools of interest and gather application information.
  • Take exams in summer before senior year for graduate and professional school entrance (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, etc.).
  • Write admission essay and schedule review with faculty.
  • Select letter of recommendation writers. Ask for their ability to write a supportive letter.
  • Provide resume, letter requirements, etc., with plenty of time to meet deadline.

Fourth Year/Senior Year:

  • Apply for graduation during fall term (for spring graduation)
  • Complete a research poster
  • Meet with Office of Career Services and/or academic advisor to develop job search plans, if you haven’t done so.
  • Meet with Office of Career Services and/or academic advisor to develop graduate school plans, if you haven’t done so. Please note: for some graduate and professional schools it may be too late to apply. Check with your advisor to stay on track.
    • Identify schools of interest and gather application information.
    • Take exams in summer before senior year for graduate and professional school entrance (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, etc.).
    • Write admission essay and schedule review with faculty.
    • Select letter of recommendation writers. Ask for their ability to write a supportive letter. Provide resume, letter requirements, etc., with plenty of time to meet deadline.
  • Meet with Career Services to go over my resume, cover letter and references