Career Development

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I attend the Grad Expo?

JUNIORS & SENIORS

  • Gather detailed information about various schools and programs.
  • Meet directly with admissions to obtain answers to your specific questions, beyond internet and print research.
  • Learn what admission reps are looking for and gain tips on how to stand out during the application process.

FIRST YEAR & SOPHOMORES

  • Explore the possibility of graduate or professional education.
  • Casually browse information to become more aware of your options for the future.
  • Learn about the requirements and prerequisites for desired programs so that you can choose the appropriate undergrad coursework to best prepare

What can I expect at the Expo?

Expect a lively, fun environment with over 100 graduate schools! The upper lobby of the PAC will be buzzing throughout the day as students have the opportunity to chat one-on-one with admissions reps from a variety of programs. Career Development staff will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions.

What should I do before the Expo?

Visit our Grad Expo Participant List ahead of time. Prioritize the list of schools you would like to visit to plan your time at the Fair. Explore the websites of your top schools and prepare a few questions to ask the admissions reps. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor for additional preparation.

What should I wear?

Smart casual or professional attire is the best choice to make a favorable impression, especially if you are in the process of applying to a particular program at the Expo. If you are just browsing and are short on time, feel free to still just come as you are.

What should I bring?

No need to prepare a resume or any other materials for the Grad School Expo. Just bring your questions and enthusiasm!

What should I say to Admissions Reps?

Prepare your “One-Minute Commercial.” Give a firm handshake and introduce yourself (name, major, and area of interest) and then ask a question. Some sample questions include:

  • Could you tell me more about your program?
  • What are your admission requirements?
  • Are graduate assistantships available? Funding?

I only have a few minutes between classes… should I still come?

Absolutely! Feel free to drop in anytime between 12:00 - 3:00pm. If you have limited availability that day, maximize your time by checking the list of schools before the Expo and selecting your top programs to visit. After you check in at the CDC table, grab a Participant Guide and head straight to the program you are most interested in.

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Updated 10/14