Getting Prepared for Graduate School

Step by Step is a resource for UC Berkeley students to enrich your undergraduate academic experience and to prepare you for graduate school. It is a useful tool providing advice, highlighting campus services and assisting you to set goals, enhancing your path to graduate study.

Establishing Your Academics

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Take advantage of advising. Keep in mind freshmen year courses are the foundation of the college GPA.


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Analytical reading and writing are key to success in many fields. Stay organized, practice effective note-taking, and seek feedback.


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Start building a personal network of faculty, grad student instructors, staff, friends, family and employers to call upon for support. Get to know your course instructors from the first meeting.



Use your network to help identify and seek out the graduate programs that are the best fit for you. Plan plenty of time to prepare for exams, request recommendation letters and meet application deadlines.

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University of California, Berkeley
College of Letters & Science
Step by Step is a tool for students to enrich their undergraduate academic experience and to prepare for graduate school.

Josephine Moreno
Program Director
Arts & Humanities Graduate Diversity
158 Barrows Hall, MC#2990
Berkeley, Ca 94720-2990
Phone: 510.642.5575