Tips for Making the Most of Graduate School Fairs

Tips for Making the Most of Graduate School Fairs

One of the most important aspects of applying to a graduate or professional school is selecting the programs that are best suited to your interests and career goals. Graduate school fairs provide you with an opportunity to gain in-depth information from school representatives that will help you evaluate programs and find the best fit for you.

  1. Review the List of Attendees - Before the fair, view the list of schools who will be attending. Review graduate school websites and other sources to get a sense of the universities and their programs.
  2. Evaluate Schools - Take time to evaluate schools and programs ahead of time so you can visit the ones you are most interested in first when you arrive at the fair.
  3. Prepare a List of Questions to Ask - Having questions ready ahead of time will help you determine if there is a match between the graduate school program and your interests and goals. Questions may address costs, financial aid, program requirements, course offerings, facilities, location, student life, faculty, and program reputation.
  4. Be Prepared to Answer Questions - Admissions representatives may ask questions such as, "Why do you want to attend our graduate school?" and, "When are you considering attending?"
  5. Dress Professionally - Remember, first impressions matter.
  6. Know Where You are Going - Take a few minutes to review the layout and directory of the fair.
  7. Network & Follow-up - Ask the representative for his/her business card so you will have a direct contact if you want to ask follow-up questions later. Use this opportunity to not only network with the representatives, but also to collect materials for later review.

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