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Graduate, Professional School Fair set Oct. 2

October 1, 2012
Joyce Keller

Joyce Keller

NIU Career Services will host the annual Graduate and Professional School Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

“The Graduate and Professional School Fair is an opportunity for everyone who is interested in earning a master’s or professional degree to get information about institutions and programs,” said Joyce Keller, associate director for career counseling and internships. “The fair provides attendees with the chance to talk face-to-face with representatives from over 65 programs throughout the U.S.”

The fair is intended to help students get a head start on their graduate and professional school search.

“Although graduate and professional school information is available on the web, it’s unusual for this quality and quantity of information to be available in one convenient location,” Keller said.

“Students need to gather information about graduate and professional schools early in their college careers, even as early as the sophomore year,” she added. “Students will be at a competitive advantage by knowing early what the admissions standards are for various programs so they have plenty of time to meet these criteria, as well as to plan financially and look for scholarships and other sources of funding.”

Earning an advanced degree can put students at a significant advantage in terms of salary and career prospects, she said, and can provide them with valuable skills.

Though students do not need to come dressed professionally or bring copies of their résumés, it is recommended that they prepare by reviewing the list of colleges and universities scheduled to attend and select which representatives they would like to meet.

For more information about the process for applying to graduate school, students can visit the Career Services table at the Graduate and Professional School Fair and learn more about upcoming career events.

Additional information about the fair is available at or by contacting Career Services at (815) 753-1641 or [email protected].