Date: Tentatively-Thursday, October 6th, 2015

Location: Heath Lawn, Vanguard University Campus

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Students and alumni are invited to meet personally with graduate and seminary school admissions representatives from various disciplines and locations. This is a great opportunity to learn more information about programs, admissions requirements, what distinguishes their program, ways to prepare, and the application process.

Who Should Go to the Fair?

Open to all years and majors:

Any student or alum who is considering attending graduate school should come! It’s a great opportunity for those who would like to get a better idea of how they would fit in a graduate program and to see any qualifications you can prepare for now. You do not have to be a senior or graduate to come to this fair. Students from other universities are welcome to attend. You will meet with school representatives face-to-face, allowing for personal interaction in asking questions of a specific school.

Benefits of attending:

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education.
  • Learn about the requirements for programs.
  • Get detailed information about various schools and their programs.
  • Gather materials to review later.
  • Network with professionals in your future field.
  • One-stop location to gather information
  • Get questions answered that you couldn’t find online
  • Learn to promote yourself — Why do you want to further your education and what would you bring to their university or organization?
Prepare for the Fair

Prior to the fair, be sure to:

  • Review the resources on the Graduate and Professional School web page.
  • Review the list of attendees and their program descriptions. Links to program websites are included in Tab 3.
  • Prepare questions for schools of interest based on your research. See Tab 2 for sample questions, and create a list tailored to your needs.
  • Develop your Elevator Speech to highlight the skills, knowledge, experience, and areas of interest.
  • Be prepared to answer questions representatives might ask.
  • Attend the Graduate School Workshops geared to help you explore your options, talk with graduate program professionals, and strengthen your applications.
  • Create labels with your mailing address and email address to request more information – this will save time completing information cards at the fair.
  • Make an appointment with a Career Adviser to discuss any questions you have about graduate school or the Fair.
Questions to Ask Recruiters

Below are sample questions to ask the recruiters during the fair. Create your lists of around 5 per school. More if you desire.


  • What is the admissions selection process? What is the makeup of the admissions committee? Is selection made by the faculty of the specific department to which you are applying? Is selection made by a single faculty member? Or a committee? If selection is made by a faculty member, is the selection based on the faculty members desire to become the applicant’s graduate supervisor?
  • What are the programs goals and specialties considered to be? Knowing the answer to this question will help you assess how strong a candidate you are by comparing how well your strengths play to these objectives.
  • In what areas are your program strongest?
  • What do you look for in assessing an applicant’s character or personality?
  • What type of evidence do you look for in considering whether a student possesses special skills or interests that mesh with faculty research interests?
  • What tests are required for admission? What is the latest date they may be taken in order to be considered for Fall 2015 admission?


  • What are the programs’ areas of expertise? E.g., an Economics Department may offer expertise in labor economics as opposed to economic development.


  • Is graduate housing available?
  • Is off-campus housing available nearby?
  • Does the school help graduate students find housing?
  • What is the average cost of off-campus housing?
  • Is parking difficult? Is there a public transportation system?

Financial Aid

  • What will it cost over __ years to attend this program?
  • How do most of your graduate students pay for the program?
  • How much scholarship money is available? What criteria are used to award scholarships?
  • Is parents’ income considered? How many awards are continued through to completion of the degree?
  • How does your school handle financial aid awards? Can I expect to know your aid awarded and proportion of loans/scholarships before I am required to pay a deposit?
  • What type of teaching assistantships are available?

Career Development

  • Where do students find employment?
  • Where do students typically go geographically?
  • Is there a network of contacts which could help students obtain jobs in a particular geographical area?
  • What resources do you provide to assist students in finding jobs?
  • Is there a career services office for graduate students?
  • How does the office work with alumni who request services?

Source: Bates College


During the Fair

What do I do at the fair?

  • Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to review the layout of the fair and schools’ displays and information.
    • Visit the Career Services booth for help creating a strategy.
  • Come dressed in business professional attire. You want to make a good first impression, and you want to project an appearance that says you are mature and serious.
  • Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
    • Introduce yourself using your Elevator Speech. Visit the Career Services booth to practice your speech before speaking with recruiters.
  • Look for useful printed materials to take with you: business cards, brochures, handbooks, etc.
  • Ask recruiters questions about their
  • Recruiters will not be expecting students to bring anything. They are here to answer your questions about graduate programs and help you see the requirements needed to enter these programs.