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Graduate School Fair to be held on October 22

10/18/2013 —

Penn State Shenango will host a Graduate School Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 in the campus' Lecture Hall art gallery (located directly across from the Admissions office). Representatives from various colleges and universities, including Carlow University, Gannon University, Geneva College, Mercyhurst College, Penn State World Campus, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh, Westminster College and Youngstown State University, will be on hand to display and discuss graduate studies program that complement the Shenango campus' undergraduate degree programs in Human Development and Family Studies, Administration of Justice, and Nursing. The event is open to students, alumni and the public.

Graduate admissions applications deadlines for the 2013-2014 academic year normally range from December 2 to February depending on the institution, so it is important for students to begin the process early.

For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Career Services office at 724-983-2969.

TIPS FOR ATTENDING THE GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR:
1. Research the schools and programs represented ahead of time. 
2. Rank the schools according to your preference.  Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
3. Prepare questions to ask the representative ahead of time.
4. Prepare answers for questions representatives might ask of you, i.e.
• Why do you want to attend graduate school?  When?  What would you like to do with this degree?
5. Dress in business casual.  Remember, you will want to make a good first impression.
6. Take notes and ask for business cards. 

SAMPLE QUESTIONS TO ASK AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR:
1. What are the admission requirements (GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experiences, interview, etc.)?
2. What are the average entrance exam score(s) and GPA of students who are accepted?
3. When is the application deadline?
4. What is the application process/timeline (application materials/references/interview)?
5. Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
6. How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
7. What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
8. How long is the program?  Does this include summers?
9. Will I gain clinical/field experience or complete an internship as part of the program?
10. How much choice will I have when it comes to choosing my internship/field experience?
11. What can you tell me about the location of the campus in reference to public transportation, housing options, and community resources and businesses?
12. What is the size of the institution?

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