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Begin, in the fall of your junior year, considering topics that you would like to pursue in graduate school and try to enroll in courses and write research papers pertinent to those topics during your junior and senior years. This will help you to confirm your interest in the field and also prepare a sample of your research writing to include in your application packet.
Consider relevant factors for selecting a particular graduate program: mission statement of the program, professors who may be well suited to mentor you, professional reputation of the school, student environment, geographic location, etc.
After finalizing all application materials (that is, having revised multiple drafts to ensure it is your best work), put them in the mail.
Contact your letter writers to verify they have sent their letters, too.
If possible, submit a few weeks in advance of the deadline, so that you can confirm that the schools have received your applications and all other supporting material prior to the deadline passing. This is especially important if you have transcripts from multiple undergraduate institutions.