Upcoming Events

Graduate and Professional School Fair

We are delighted to invite your participation in Ithaca College's 19th annual Graduate & Professional School Fair! The event will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Last year, more than 140 organizations attended the event! Graduate and professional school representatives from across the nation and from a wide variety of disciplines attend this fair annually to provide admission requirements and other program information to Ithaca College students. Career Services encourages all students who are thinking about and applying to graduate and professional schools to attend. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Download The Fairs app for all the information you need about the Graduate & Professional School Fair! Apple (http://apple.co/2wRqPiq), Android (http://bit.ly/2eQF5xe)


Graduate Program Representatives:  

Registration for recruiters is now open! Please visit Handshake for more information. Please note we are only taking credit card payments. You will receive an invoice by e-mail once your registration is approved. Please make you go back into your account to process your credit card payment. Please contact us at (607)274-3365 with questions. Thank you!

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Students: Click Here for the complete list of participating schools and programs!


Why should I attend?

Whether it's your first semester or your last, if you think you might want to get an advanced degree, there are many reasons to attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair. Here are just a few:

  • 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 to help you consider your options.
  • Gather information about entrance exam preparation (and enter for a chance to win a free test prep course).
  • Learn more about financing graduate school.

How do I prepare?

Some students just pop in and explore, but to get the most out of attending the fair, prepare ahead of time. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  • Log in to Handshake to review the schools and programs registered for the fair and research the ones that stand out to you. 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.
  • Make a list of questions to ask the representatives. If you ask similar questions to each representative, it is easier to compare programs.
  • 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?
  • Plant to dress in at least business casual attire. Remember, you want to make a good first impression!

What should I expect when I get there?

  • You will swipe your Student ID card to check in.
  • Some schools may have lines while others will not.  The lines generally move quickly, but you can always go visit with another program and come back.
  • Student and staff volunteers will be available if you have any questions.
  • Feel free to take a break! You are able to leave and return to the fair at your leisure.
  • After you exit the fair, you will receive a survey. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the evaluation to help Career Services in planning next year’s event and get a cool gift!

What do I ask the representatives?

Here is a list of some of the questions students have asked representatives:

  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. What is 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 prerequisites?
  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 students?
  22. How diverse is the class and/or institution?
  23. May I contact you if I have additional questions (business card)?

Why aren’t there any programs in my discipline represented?

Unfortunately, given that we have limited space for program representatives, we cannot guarantee every academic and/or professional discipline will be represented. We invite a wide range of programs in hopes of attaining as much variety as possible. If there is a specific program you are interested in, please contact Career Services and we will invite them.


If you have any questions about the Graduate and Professional School Fair or the panels, please contact Jennifer Pawlewicz at JPawlewicz@ithaca.edu.