Virtual Graduate Schools Fair

Presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate Advising Office.

Virtual Graduate Schools Fair

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PT
Location: The Brazen virtual career fair platform can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. To learn more about the Brazen platform and how an online career fair can work for you, click here for a demo video.
Register on Brazen with your @usc.edu email address to view all participating programs.

The fair is open to both USC and non-USC students from all class years and majors, including transfer students and spring admits.

Why Go Virtual?

  • The fair comes to you! You can access the Brazen platform from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • You will have the chance to interact with recruiters through one-on-one video, audio, or text-based chats. Note: there is no virtual background option for the video chats, so be sure to plan accordingly.
  • Broaden your graduate school search with unlimited geographic reach. Universities from across the nation are looking to connect with you.

How it Works

Watch this video to learn more about the Brazen platform:

Which schools are attending?

This fair is your opportunity to investigate graduate schools from around the nation. Past participants have included Boston College, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Penn, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and more.

What is the Virtual Graduate Schools Fair, and why should I attend?

Once a year in the fall semester, the Career Center, in partnership with the USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate Advising Office, sponsors the Virtual Graduate Schools Fair.

This is your opportunity to learn about graduate schools and gain an early start on the application process. If you are thinking about going to graduate school, attend the event to explore what options are available to you. You will meet virtually with school representatives via face-to-face video, audio, or text-based chats, allowing for personal interaction in asking questions of a specific school or program. At the event, you can:

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education.
  • Learn about the requirements for programs.
  • Get detailed information about various schools and their programs.
  • Network with professionals in your future field.

How do I prepare for the fair?

Do you have questions about graduate school or want to chat with an advisor about graduate programs? Make an appointment with the USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate Advising Office and/or attend the events of Pre-Graduate School Week. Prior to the fair, be sure to:

  • Research graduate schools of interest by reading their program descriptions and visiting their websites. View information on the graduate schools attending the fair on Brazen.
  • Prepare questions for schools of interest based on your research. Make an appointment with the USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate Advising Office to get started.
  • Prepare your elevator pitch to highlight the skills and knowledge you are building and your areas of interest.
  • Be prepared to answer questions representatives might ask.

What do I do at the fair?

  • Come dressed in professional attire. The virtual fair platform allows for video chats, and you want to make a good first impression.
  • Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to review the virtual layout of the fair and schools’ displays and information.
  • Visit the schools you are most interested in first.

What should I ask the admissions representatives at the fair?

An informed and focused set of questions will convey to the representative that you are truly interested in graduate school. Your questions allow the representative to avoid generalities and treat you as an individual. These are some questions that should help you get the most out of the conversations:

  • What do you think is unique about your program?
  • Are students admitted in both fall and spring semesters?
  • Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  • How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, and housing)?
  • What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and loans)?
  • Could you tell me more about student life on campus (student organizations, housing, support groups, and diversity of the students)?
  • What is the location surrounding the school like (mountains, ocean, rural, or city)?
  • What are the admission requirements (deadline, GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, and interview)?
  • What resources are available to help students find positions after graduation?
  • Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  • May I contact you if I have additional questions?

More Resources

The USC Dornsife Pre-Graduate School Advising Office serves all current USC students and alumni who are considering graduate school. They offer a wide variety of advising services to guide you through the academic and administrative processes necessary to achieve your goals. Advisors are available to meet with you Monday through Friday between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Call (213) 740-3800 to schedule an appointment. You can also email pregrad@usc.edu if you have any questions.

For questions about this event, contact Erin Jebavy.

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