Student & Alumni Details
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | Noon - 3 p.m. | University Hall
A third of LMU graduates plan to attend graduate school following graduation. Will you be next? Explore your possibilities!
The Graduate School Fair gives students the opportunity to attain information on admission requirements, summer programs and fellowship opportunities. Even if graduate school is a few years away, the fair provides helpful information in planning and preparing for your graduate school experience. Meet with representatives from medicine, law, education, public affairs, accounting, and more.
Before the Event
- Review the Graduate School Guide
- Update Your Resume - our drop-in hours are M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Von der Ahe 135
- Research the schools and programs represented ahead of time - Visit Handshake to view a list of institutions
- 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?
- Attend a Prep Session to fine-tune your application and personal statement, develop your resume, and cultivate confidence for graduate school fair events
- 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.
During the Event
- Have your questions ready when you approach the program representative. These individuals are often in great demand and will appreciate that you are prepared. Remember the importance of first impressions; conduct yourself in the way you would like to be remembered.
- If there is not enough time to ask all your questions, ask how you can obtain further information.
- If a representative cannot answer all your questions, ask for their recommendation on an alternate contact. Pick up the information and brochures that are offered.
- After talking with a representative make some quick notes regarding the information that you received.
After the Event
- Follow up with any additional contacts recommended to you.
- Check your notes to ensure you include all relevant information on applications, statements, essays, etc.
For more information and to RSVP visit Handshake.
Graduate School 101: Things to Know Before You Go
Monday, October 29 | 12:30 p.m. | VDA 190
Are you thinking about attending graduate school? Need tips on how to find and choose a graduate program? Wondering what you can do while an undergrad to get ready for graduate school?
By attending this session, you will:
- Receive an overview of graduate school
- Gain strategies for searching for and vetting graduate school programs Learn ways students can prepare for graduate school
Tips on Approaching a Recruiter (Health Professions)
Monday, October 29 | 4 p.m. | VDA 190
Learn how to maximize your time when speaking with a recruiter in the health professions field.
Grad School Test Prep with Princeton Review
Thursday, November 1 | Noon | Malone 112
Applying for graduate school? Unclear about the various types of graduate school entrance exams? Come to Grad School Test Prep with Princeton Review.
This session is led by a Princeton Review Instructor and by attending you will:
- Learn the difference between the GRE and GMAT exams
- Gain information on what to expect on the test and day of the exam
- Practice sample test questions
We will be raffling away swag and test prep booklets!
- Find out what the admissions process focuses on so that you can play to your strengths when you apply.
- Determine if there are any special projects you need to pull together to send off with your application (some programs require portfolios or language tapes to be submitted).
- What entrance examinations are required?
- Who makes the admissions decisions and what are they looking for in a prospective student? Do I have the prerequisites required? What are my chances of acceptance? (Some programs will admit graduate students on a provisional basis for the first semester, so if you're not sure about your chances of getting into a school, think about asking about this.)
- How specialized is the program? Will this program provide depth or breadth?
- If you're interested in part-time or distance learning, some programs help out students in these paths, while others are less willing to work with you.
- What are the course and thesis requirements for my degree? Do students need to consider any additional licensure or certification beyond graduation?
- Get beyond the reputation of the institution and move on to the educational quality of the program.
- Are the faculty good mentors as well as brilliant minds in their field?
- Are they around enough to teach, or are the constantly moving from research project to keynote speech?
- If you're interested in a professional school, does the faculty have professional experience as well as academic renown? Do they focus on one specific area of their discipline?
- What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
- How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
- Are there additional fees?
- How soon do student graduate? How many complete the program?
- How soon do graduates find employment? What kind of jobs do they get? What kind of support is offered for the graduate job search? How well do graduates perform on professional exams in their field?
- Ask about the other student you will be learning with. Where do they intern during the summer?
When should you start thinking about graduate school?
The general consensus among graduate school representatives is that students really should begin thinking about graduate school sometime during their junior year if they wish to go directly from college to graduate school immediately. Admission counselors agreed that the earlier students figure out what they want to do, it will only help them in taking classes geared toward the graduate school degree they wish to obtain.
Is applying to graduate school like applying to college? Do you need to take any tests?
Each program is different. For the most part, whether it be medical school, law school, an MBA, or a masters of Psychology- they all have tests. Most admission counselors advised students to first take these tests during the end of their junior year, so that they may focus on their applications during their senior year of college. If the first round does not go too well, their still is time senior year to re take this test.
Has the economy affected your chances of acceptance?
Some schools have seen an increase in applicants, while others have not. Students should keep in mind that if more students are staying in school that the earlier they get started on the process, the more time they will have to spend on studying for the required exam, or completing their applications.
- Graduate School Tips
- Database of Graduate Schools
- MBA Career Services at LMU
- Graduate Division at LMU
- Loyola Law School
- FindTheBest.com Graduate Program Search
- Pre-Law Resources
- Health Professions Resources