What is the Grad School Fair?

Graduate programs across the country offer opportunities for students to explore their passions on a deeper level, providing a haven where students can focus their energy toward whatever draws them. Whether it’s public health, journalism, political science, microbiology, or history, there is a program for you. 

The annual Grad School Fair is a ‘one stop shop’ for exploring programs, learning about institutions, and networking with admission representatives. Emerge from the fair with a better understanding of the realities of grad school, and the ins and outs of the application process.

On Wednesday, March 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. the Hub will be hosting this year’s Grad School Fair (RSVP NOW), offering students the opportunity to connect virtually with graduate representatives by utilizing the platform Career Fair Plus. 


Who will be attending? 

The 2021 Grad School fair is designed to help students get up close and personal with graduate schools from across the nation, and many from the mitten. Representatives from these institutions will be present to bring these programs to live. 

Students select grad schools not only on their subject area, but their location, student body, cost, and ‘feeling’. Gain a deeper understanding of a program by connecting one-on-one with a program representative when you register in advance of the fair, or attending drop in group sessions on the day of the event.

Representatives from out-of-state programs will be attending, including, but not limited to, Columbia, UChicago, Northwestern, and Notre Dame. Closer to home, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University and several of UM’s schools will be attending, all of them ready and eager to speak with students.  

The programs attending are not only diverse in location, but in focus. For students interested in creative arts, connect with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For those considering education, register to meet one-on-one with the University of Pittsburgh.  Want to get your D.O.? Connect with MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pre-professional, creative, or academia-focused, there is something for you.

Representatives won’t only speak about their programs, but offer actionable insights into the application and decision process. With years of experience, these individuals understand what makes a competitive candidate, and are ready to help students learn how to market themselves most effectively. 


Why should I attend?

If you are a student who is considering pursuing graduate school, then the Grad School Fair is for you. Students of all years—including first and second-years—come to discover the options available to you so that if you do decide on pursuing graduate school, you can begin preparing. 

Essentially, the Grad School Fair is a place for you to explore. Regardless of your major, interests, or experience, you can discover paths available to you in a new and engaging setting. 

What can I do ahead of this event?

To ensure that students are getting the most out of their Grad School Fair experience, the Hub has compiled a variety of resources and workshops to leverage ahead of this event:

  • Get prepared. Access an online Canvas module full of resources and content two weeks before the event to help you prepare for the fair. This will come to you via email.

  • Get realistic. Attend our Graduate School Funding Webinar with the Office of Financial Aid, Rackham Graduate School, and the University Career Center to discover funding on- and off-campus funding options.

  • Get educated. Attend the Hub’s upcoming BIPOC Graduate Student panel (“So, you want to go to grad school?”) on February 23 to hear from current grad students and those who have recently graduated. 

  • Get support. If you want guidance on finding grad programs, developing questions for representatives, or anything else in preparation for the fairs, you can schedule a virtual coaching appointment or access virtual drop-ins to work one-on-one with a Hub coach. Click here to learn more about coaching.

  • Get ready. The Grad School Fair will take place via Career Fair Plus, a platform that allows students to connect with representatives through individual and group video calls as well as create a custom profile that showcases who they are. Click here to learn more about Career Fair Plus and to start preparing your profile.

When is the event?

The 2021 Grad School Fair will take place 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th. RSVP NOW to get pre-event information and ultimately, to access this event.