Event Details

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Illini Union Rooms A, B, C


Reasons to Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education
  • Meet with admission representatives and learn more about the requirements for each program
  • Gain detailed information about various schools and programs
  • Gather material you can use for later review

Prepare Before the Fair

  • Research the schools and programs represented ahead of time. Refer to the list of programs attending that day. You can also prepare using The Career Center's app for Android or iPhone/iPad
  • Rank the schools according to your preference. Visit the schools you are most interested in first
  • Prepare questions to ask the representatives ahead of time
  • Prepare answers for questions representatives might ask you, i.e. Why do you want to attend graduate school? When? What would you like to do with this degree?
  • Plan to dress casually, but appropriately. Remember, you still want to make a good first impression
  • Give yourself plenty of time. Arrive early and take a few minutes to review the table map

What To Expect at the Graduate and Professional School Fair

  • You will swipe your I-Card to receive a bag and packet which includes a list of schools and programs represented and a table map
  • Student Volunteers will be wearing “ Illinois” t-shirts and will be available if you have any questions
  • After the fair, you may receive an evaluation via email. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the evaluation to help The Career Center in planning next year’s event

Questions You May Want to Ask

  1. What are the admission requirements (GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview, etc.)?
  2. What is the average entrance exam score and GPA of students who are accepted?
  3. When is the application deadline?
  4. Is there an early admission deadline?
  5. What is the application process/timeline (application materials, interview)?
  6. Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
  7. How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  8. What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  9. Will I gain clinical/field experience or complete an internship as part of the program?
  10. What is the location and size of the institution?
  11. Could you tell me more about the facilities (labs, lecture rooms, etc.)?
  12. Is there anything unique about your program?
  13. How important is it for applicants to have extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience?
  14. Are there any recommended courses in addition to the stated pre-requisites?
  15. Where are graduates of the program employed?
  16. Do you have open houses or information sessions?
  17. Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  18. Will I be able to take electives to pursue other areas of interest?
  19. Will completion of the program meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification needed to enter a particular occupation?
  20. Do you reserve spots for in-state residents?
  21. Does your program offer any programs for underrepresented minority students?
  22. How diverse is the class and/or institution?
  23. May I contact you if I have additional questions (business card)?