Application Timeline for Fall 2008
If you want to apply for Fall 2008, now (May 2007) is a good time to start. By June you should be short listing a set of Universities in your field. Register for required standardized tests if you haven’t done so, and also start studying for the test. For citizens of some counties, a passport is required as the identification requirement for the GRE, GMAT and TOEFL. Apply for a passport before you do anything else. You should complete your GRE/GMAT test by September and TOEFL by October. Check out this blog and www.app2us.com regularly for helpful information and tips.
Try to get your transcripts from your current or past universities by September. Depending on your GRE score and profile, you should finalize 4 to 8 Universities by October. If your academics and test scores are strong, applying to 6 Universities should do the trick.
Contact potential recommenders by September. Hand them over the relevant papers and information by October and collect your letters of recommendation by November. Most of the applications are online. Start working on your applications in October. Complete the applications and write the required essays and SOP by November. Most of the deadlines are during December and January. Complete the online application by November end. Even if the application is online, you still need to send a packet through courier, which would include your transcripts and letters of recommendation. Send the offline materials two or three weeks before the application deadline. DHL sometimes offers special rates in