Thinking about grad school?

Grad school prep seminar, GRE basics workshop planned in February

Students discuss future plans at GSPS.

Students discuss future plans at GSPS.

NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is gearing up to host its spring semester events: Graduate School Preparation Seminar (GSPS) and GRE Basics Workshop.

This past fall GSPS hosted 49 students, many of whom enjoyed the unique opportunities that GSPS provides.

One student had this to say about the GSPS experience: “I am more informed and clear on what direction I would like to pursue. Most importantly, I now know who I can contact when I have questions about the graduate school application process.”

The Spring 2014 Graduate School Preparation Seminar (GSPS) will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Yordon Center and costs $5, which covers lunch.

GSPS provides information about finding the right graduate school, walks students through the application process, informs students why the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are important, helps students create their personal profile and shows students how utilizing campus resources can be beneficial to the application process. In addition, representatives from various graduate programs at NIU will be in attendance to speak with prospective students.

Registration is available online.

GSPS concludes with a drawing of graduate school themed giveaways, including a Grand Prize GRE Fee Waiver (valued at $160). Additionally, OSEEL is providing a fee waiver for the GRE Basics Workshop (see following paragraph for details). Other sponsors include the Graduate School, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Graduate Student Research Association and the University Bookstore.

Julia Spears speaks with prospective graduate students.

Julia Spears speaks with prospective graduate students.

The GRE Basics Workshop aims to provide basic GRE knowledge to students.

Each of the eight sessions – from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, through Thursday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 24, through Thursday, Feb. 27, in DuSable Hall 276 – will focus on a basic review of the different portions of the GRE including verbal and quantitative reasoning, as well as analytical writing. A $20 registration fee which covers the cost of eight sessions and a Barron’s GRE Test Prep Book, must be submitted to by cash or check to OSEEL (Evans Field House Room 110) on or before the day of the event.

A Grand Prize Fee Waiver to be given away at the end of the workshop was generously provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-External Programming for a spot in its GRE Spring 2014 Session II Test Prep in person or online (valued at $445).

Registration is available online.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-External Programming test preparation workshops help undergraduate or returning adult students to move to their next level of higher education. The 0ffice offers four annual review courses for the GRE, LSAT and GMAT.

Classes are held on the DeKalb campus. These workshops go in-depth on all portions of the GRE: Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing and Mathematical Skills. Students are strongly encouraged to register and attend.

For more information on the Graduate School Prep Seminar and the GRE Basics Workshop, call (815)  753-8154 or email engage@niu.edu.

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